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Mankato Man Accused Of Forgery

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Bail is set for the man accused of stealing checks from local mailboxes. A Blue Earth County judge today set bail at $25,000.00 with conditions or $1,000.00 without conditions for Christopher Michael Virkus. The Mankato Department of Public Safety arrested Virkus while he was trying to cash checks in the drive through lane at this Hilltop bank in Mankato. Authorities say Virkus stole outgoing mail from residential mailboxes and washed the checks to appear to be written out to himself before cashing them at area banks. Virkus faces three felony check forgery charges. A Rule 8 hearing is set for December 13th.