A Milwaukee man suspected of printing fake checks and cashing them in three states is facing felony charges in Sauk County.
The Sauk County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday charged Dominique G. Watkins, 28, with six counts of forgery and four counts of bail jumping, alleging he passed more than $2,600 in fraudulent checks to area businesses.
According to the criminal complaint, an employee with Blain’s Farm & Fleet in Baraboo notified police in March that a person — later identified as Watkins — had used checks to purchase more than $2,300 in merchandise from the store. The checks allegedly were returned after the accounts could not be located.
Officers later learned of similar incidents at two Kwik Trip gas stations in Baraboo, allegedly involving more than $380 in fraudulent checks.
The complaint says Watkins is suspected of writing bad checks to Farm & Fleet stores in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. An officer determined that Watkins’ driver’s license photo matched the person shown in surveillance video from the Sauk County businesses.
In March, Watkins was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court with seven counts of identity theft, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Authorities said he had 17 checks with six different bank names in his car, and accused him of writing more than $3,260 in fraudulent checks.
The Sauk County felony forgery charges each carry a maximum possible sentence of six years in prison. Because Watkins has been charged as a repeat offender, the maximum prison term for each of those counts may be increased by up to four years.
Watkins has not been booked in Sauk County. He currently is incarcerated at the Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun, according to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections’ website.