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Woman pleads to three felonies for writing $77K in bad checks

WILLMAR -- A 28-year-old Willmar woman pleaded guilty Monday to three felony charges of issuing dishonored checks for writing more than $77,000 in bad checks for two vehicles, a motorcycle, a snowmobile and an all-terrain vehicle.

As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District County, five additional felony charges against Jeannie Marie Holt will be dismissed. She will be sentenced Jan. 5.

The man listed in the complaint as Holt's fiancé, Jason Christopher Moe, 24, of Atwater, faces the same felony charges. He is wantedin Kandiyohi, Pope and Stevens counties on numerous charges.

The charges were filed after Holt wrote $77,979.66 in checks between Feb. 13 and April 3, all on a checking account with insufficient funds. The checks were for $3,800 for a used Arctic Cat snowmobile from a private citizen, $690 worth of snowmobile clothing and accessories from Spicer Sports and Marine, $8,101.31 for a Polaris ATV and $120.73 in repairs from Motor Sports of Willmar.

The checks also included $18,760.45 for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle from Apol's in Raymond on April 3 and $595 for a queen-size bed and ATV accessories from Surplus Warehouse on Feb. 26.

A bad check was also written for $160 to the Humane Society of Kandiyohi County for the adoption of a dog.

The complaint against Holt was amended on Aug. 28 to include two insufficient funds checks written to Fantasy Limo of New London in March and $44,480.56 in bad checks written in April to Value Ford in Morris for two vehicles, a 2003 Ford Explorer and a 2000 Ford F-350.

Both the Willmar Police Department and the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office investigated and interviewed owners or salesmen from the businesses, who reviewed records and reported that they had sent certified mail requests for payment, but had received no response from Holt.

The business people also told investigators that Moe had been with Holt during the purchases and that he had been the one asking questions about the equipment and filling out the paperwork. However, Holt was the one writing the checks. They also told investigators that the couple had made reference to having been left a large sum of money by a grandparent.

Bank officials told investigators that Holt's account was closed and that her ending balance on March 21 was a negative $3,063.49. Some of the property has been recovered by the rightful owners.