Fergus duo charged with fraud, mail theftPublished 11:02am Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Two Fergus Falls residents have been charged with two felonies and a gross misdemeanor after allegedly making about $30,000 in check and credit card transactions last fall.
Justin Lee Feldt, 32, and Jessie Ann Pechia, 26, were each charged in Otter Tail County District Court with felony theft by check, felony mail theft and gross misdemeanor financial transaction card fraud. Their first court appearance was Thursday, March 21.
They were arrested Dec. 16, 2012 in Newport, Wash. on outstanding warrants from Otter Tail County and several other jurisdictions. At the time of the arrests, they were held in Washington’s Pend Oreille County on local charges of firearms possession, burglary, theft and obstruction charges, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the criminal complaint, a Fergus Falls woman reported two packages had been stolen from on top of her mailbox in October 2012. There were also reportedly several checks written to an unknown person that were attempted to be cashed, and seven credit card transactions Oct. 14 and Oct. 15 that were unauthorized by the woman totaling $150.91. Two checks totaling more than $13,000 were written to Feldt but both declined, the report says. Feldt also allegedly attempted a $200 withdrawal from an ATM. Affinity Plus Credit Union reported approximately $30,000 in transactions losses by Feldt and Pechia with the use of the credit cards and checks, the report says.
Five other residences in the Birchwood Shores Drive area reported stolen mail, the report says.
Feldt’s criminal history includes numerous convictions for mail theft, fraud and forgeries, according to the complaint.
Pechia’s and Feldt’s next court appearances are schedule for Monday, April 1.