Ottumwa police say a pair of individuals printed multiple fake checks in a money laundering operation.
32-year-old Randi Hanrahan of Ottumwa has been charged with money laundering, a Class C felony, and two counts of forgery, a Class D felony.
48-year-old Zachary Nokes of Camp Point, Illinois has been charged with money laundering, two counts of forgery, possession of a controlled substance-methamphetamine, a serious misdemeanor, and possession of contraband in a correctional institution, a Class D felony.
According to court records, Hanrahan and Nokes were in possession of handwritten and printed checks that contained fraudulent and inactive bank accounts they knew were unauthorized. The checks included a signature the pair knew to be fraudulent.
Police say Hanrahan and Nokes possessed a printer, ink, laptop, “business check voucher refill” papers, and a software system to produce the phony checks. The funds aquired from the fradulent checks were used to contribute to their unlawful activities.
Additionally, authorities say Nokes used a fake check to make a purchase in Eddyville.
Hanrahan and Nokes were arrested on August 12th and transported to the Wapello County Jail.
Nokes was found to be in possession of methamphetamine after allegedly telling authorities at the jail that he was not carrying any contraband.
Both Hanrahan and Nokes are currently in jail. The bail has been set at $20,000 each.