Preston, MN (KROC-AM News)- Prosecutors in Fillmore County have filed several charges against a Winona man accused of trying to steal money from a southeast Minnesota school’s post prom party. 

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The criminal complaint filed in Fillmore County Court Wednesday says a Fillmore County Sheriff’s deputy responded to a forged check report at the First Southeast Bank of Harmony in Canton on the afternoon of March 15. A teller working the drive-up at the bank reported an individual tried to cash a check from the Fillmore Central Post Prom bank account. 

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The teller told investigators the check appeared to be suspicious due to alterations made to the amount and a smudged signature. Another bank employee, who is an authorized user for the Fillmore Central Post Prom account, examined the check and told authorities it was originally written out and mailed to a business in Winona to rent a photo booth for $ $322.13, the complaint says. 

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Court documents say the check appeared to have been altered to show it was written out for $822.13. The suspect was identified as 27-year-old Devorise Lamonta Jackson. 

Jackson Complaint. Fillmore County Court
Jackson Complaint. Fillmore County Court
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The complaint says bank employees refused to cash the check and that Jackson left without incident. Court records indicate Jackson has been convicted of check forgery in Winona County last November and was convicted of financial transaction card fraud also in Winona County in November of 2021. 

Jackson is charged in Fillmore County with three felony check forgery-related counts, a felony count of theft by check, a felony theft by swindle count and gross misdemeanor charges related to the alleged check forgery and theft attempt. He’s due to make his first court appearance in the case on Monday. The manner is which Jackson allegedly obtained the check is not disclosed in the complaint. 

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