A 42-year-old Rosemount woman faces felony charges of offering a forged check after she allegedly intercepted student loan checks meant for her niece used at least some of the money for gambling.
According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office, Lisa Marie Paz shares a home with her niece, who got concerned last January when some of her loan checks failed to appear. When she called to check on them, she was told they had been deposited. The woman told police three checks had been deposited into a joint account at an Apple Valley bank.
Together, the three checks were worth $7,697.
Between June of 2011 and January of 2012 Paz reportedly withdrew $12,613.14 from the account. According to the complaint, all of the withdrawals were made at either Mystic Lake or Treasure Island Casino.
Paz told police she believed she was entitled to withdraw the money because she had put in approximately $6,000, and she said $1,000 of the money she withdrew was to cover expenses for her niece. That still left a difference of nearly $6,000.
If convicted on any of three felony charges of offering a forged check Paz could face up to 10 years in jail and fines of up to $20,000.