Man charged with identity theft allegedly had 17 checks with 6 different bank names in his car

Dominique G WatkinsA man accused of identity theft had 17 checks with six different bank names on the checks in his car when arrested.

Dominique G. Watkins, 27, was charged with seven counts of identity theft in Waukesha County Circuit Court on March 29. If convicted he faces 40 years in prison.

Watkins is accused of writing over $3,260 in fraudulent checks.

The City of Brookfield police took a fraud complaint from a Brookfield resident on June 22. A woman stated that someone cashed checks against her account. She provided copies of the checks fraudulently used, and it showed account number and routing number, but the person listed on the check was a different name (not Watkins) with an address in Milwaukee. The check also listed a driver's license number and phone number, the complaint said.

The video surveillance from both incidents showed a black male, heavy set build, with bald or very short hair, some facial hair, and was wearing all black.

The criminal complaint said the detective met with the person whose name was on the check. The man didn't recognize the person using his name. The man told the detective he lost his wallet and believed that is where Watkins obtained his driver's license number and information.

Another fraud complaint was reported on Jan. 22 in Brookfield. A woman said her husband's name and address were on a check.

The husband received a letter from the Kwik Trip Store advising that check number in the husband's name was returned and flagged as "not authorized." The woman viewed the image of the check and determined someone created a fraudulent check through BMO Harris Bank that had the husband's name and address on it. The couple doesn't have a checking account through BMO Harris Bank.

The woman said her husband lost his wallet about a year ago, which contained his driver's license and various credit cards, the complaint said.
An officer met with the bank manager of BMO Harris Bank and said the check didn't even look like a legitimate BMO Harris Bank check.  A third fraud victim from Portage was also named. The woman filed a fraud complaint with BMO Harris after she discovered her checking account had a negative balance. She stated that five checks were written from her checking account, the complaint said.

Brookfield police received communication from the West Bend Police Department in reference to the crime alert he sent out with a photograph of the suspect involved in the fraudulent check. The complaint said the officer identified the person in the photograph as Dominique Watkins.

A detective indicated that when the defendant was arrested, a search of his vehicle was conducted. In Watkin's car were 17 checks with six different bank names on the checks, the complaint said.

Watkin's next court date is April 5.


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