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Duluth man faces charges for forging checks

Superior Telegram

A Duluth man accused of forging more than $3,000 worth of checks to pay for heroin and gambling will be arraigned in Douglas County Circuit Court after waiving a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Ricky Jon Hogan faces two counts felony forgery. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of six years imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine for each charge.

According to the criminal complaint:

Fourteen checks were written to Hogan from the account between July 30 and Oct. 16. The account-holder said Hogan did odd jobs for him for about a year, but he paid the Duluth man in cash and never wrote a check to him. The checks totaled $3,020.

Hogan told Investigator Chris Moe that while he was doing odd jobs for the man, he noticed the man’s checkbook in the garage. He said he would take a check or two when nobody was looking, fill the check out to himself, sign the man’s signature and cash the checks through the bank’s drive-up window. He said most of the money was spent on heroin and gambling.

Hogan remains in custody at the Douglas County Jail pending a $1,500 signature bond. His next court appearance is Jan. 10.