Thursday, August 31, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: August 31

August 31, 1910 – As the result of a bold check raising swindle, more than $300 was fraudulently drawn from the First national Bank in Bagley today.

Six checks drawn by Johnson, Rogers & Curtis, railroad contractors, were raised from $2.40 to $50. The work was done by means of acid and it was executed so neatly that bank officers were unable to detect the fraud.

The theft was discovered by the railroad contractors who knew that no check for that amount had been issued. The checks issued were all for a smaller amount and were passed out to Italian workmen.

Detectives are at work on the case.

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Swindlers Get $300 Haul. Raise $2.40 Checks, by Means of Atid (sic) to $50; Cashed in Bagley.”; Sept. 1, 1910; p. 1.


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