by Tammy Sakry
The Anoka County Attorney’s Office has charged a 26-year-old woman with two felony counts of check forgery.
The charges were filed against Nicole Lynn Giusti, who has no permanent address, May 10.
According to the complaint, a relative of Giusti reported to the Spring Lake Park Police Department that she had cashed five of her checks, totaling $1,150, without her permission.
The victim told police she did not write any of the checks nor did she sign any of the checks over to Giusti, the complaint alleges.
The checks had allegedly been cashed at banks in Coon Rapids and Minneapolis through a recent bank account of a male friend of Giusti.
Giusti allegedly told the friend she had received the checks from her grandmother, who was helping her.
The male friend told the police that he did not think anything was wrong because Giusti would stand with him in the bank when he deposited the checks, which had been made out to Nicole Schmit, Giusti’s maiden name.
According to the complaint, Giusti had recently married.