A 55-year-old Milwaukee man is facing charges after he allegedly cashed a counterfeit check at a Whitefish Bay bank so he could get money to buy cocaine.
Clarence H. Robinson was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Monday with one count of forgery. If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Friday, Whitefish Bay police officers were contacted by an investigator from M&I Bank who discovered Robinson cashed the fake check Aug. 28 at a . Robinson came in with a check for $1,923 drawn from an account owned by Ram tool Inc., but several days later they discovered it was fake.
Officers were able to identify Robinson from surveillance video footage from the bank. He told officers he “knew the checks were bogus,” but got caught up in the scheme due to his cocaine addiction.
Robinson said three men picked him up and had him cash the check in Whitefish Bay and another in Brookfield. In exchange for cashing the checks, Robinson got $350, which he said he then used all of the money to buy cocaine.
He’s currently being held in Milwaukee County Jail while awaiting trial.