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By LeAnn R. Ralph
MENOMONIE — Charges have been filed a second time against a Ridgeland couple in connection with defrauding a financial institution out of a little more than $10,000.
Shane L. Cutting, 46, is charged with two felony counts of identity theft and as a party to the crime of fraud against a financial institution exceeding $10,000 but less than $100,000.
Laminda L. Hanson, 48, is charged with one felony count as a party to the crime of fraud against a financial institution exceeding $10,000 but less than $100,000.
Cutting is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in the case January 28.
Cutting and Hanson faced the same charges in Dunn County in 2017, but the case was dismissed in January of 2018 because certain information had not been filed with the court.
According to the criminal complaint, on March 7, 2017, an individual contacted the Menomonie police department to say $11,000 had been fraudulently withdrawn from his Royal Credit Union accounts.
According to the alleged victim, Cutting had called RCU March 3 and March 4 and had transferred $10,000 into Cutting’s account and $1,000 into Hanson’s account. The $10,000 was then transferred out of Cutting’s account into Hanson’s account, and Hanson went to the bank and withdrew the $10,000 on March 3. RCU reversed the money transfer on the $1,000 put into Hanson’s account on March 4, according to the complaint.
The individual who said $10,000 had been fraudulently withdrawn from his bank account told investigators the money was his portion of a construction contract, and he had waited until the end to take his payment.
The individual said he had been awarded a contract in July of 2016 through the Chippewa Valley Housing Authority. During the project, several checks had been issued to pay for materials, wages and subcontractors. He had deposited $10,000 into his savings account and $2,000 into his checking account on March 1, 2017, according to the complaint.
Bale was set with a $500 signature bond for Cutting last March.
A preliminary hearing for Cutting is scheduled in Dunn County Circuit Court at 10:15 a.m. January 28, 2019, before Judge Rod Smeltzer.
A preliminary hearing for Hanson was held in Dunn County Circuit Court October 16, and following the hearing, Judge Smeltzer found probable cause and scheduled an arraignment for Hanson on January 11, 2019.
Bail was set with a $500 signature bond for Hanson last March.