A Richfield woman arrested a year ago for breaking into an Eagan apartment complex and rifling through cars on the day after Christmas has now been charged with passing a forged check in Burnsville.
Heidi Marie Fox, 34, is charged with felony check forgery, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Burnsville police were called to a store on Highway 13 West on Nov. 30 to investigate a report of a fraudulent check, according to the criminal complaint.
A store employee told officers that a customer had just written a fraudulent check for $334.57 in the name of a person with the initials A.L. The employee said the woman who presented the check had left the store and gotten into a vehicle that was still in the parking lot.
Police stopped the vehicle shortly after it left the lot and identified the passenger and the car’s registered owner as Fox. Further investigation determined that the driver had a revoked license and that Fox had active arrest warrants.
Police found the merchandise purchased with the forged check in the car during a subsequent search, along with a driver’s license and passport in the name of A.L.
Fox admitted to police that she offered the forged check and said she had gotten the check, the driver’s license and the passport from a woman in Richfield, according to the complaint. She said the woman who gave the items to her has served time in federal prison for crimes involving check forgery.
Fox’s criminal history includes convictions for second-degree burglary in 2005, credit-card fraud in 2007, two separate convictions for car theft in 2008 and receiving stolen property in 2009. The first-degree burglary charges stemming from last year’s parking garage break-in are still pending in Dakota County.
Fox remains in the Dakota County Jail on a $50,000 bond. She is also being held on two outstanding warrants. An omnibus hearing in the check forgery case is scheduled Dec. 18 in Dakota County District Court in Hastings.