Police: Homeless man uses forged checks to steal more than $5K from local business

Police: Homeless man uses forged checks to steal more than $5K from local business
Posted at 11:32 AM, Sep 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-01 15:27:51-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A homeless Tallahassee man has been arrested after using forged checks to steal more than $5,000 from a local business. 

Daniel Swanberg, 53, was arrested by the Tallahassee Police Department on Friday. 

In Nov. 2017, the Leon County Sheriff's Office was contacted by the victim who reported three forged checks.  

While talking with deputies, the victim said she was notified by Capital City Bank about three forged checks written on the Astro Travel and Tours business account. 

The victim stated all three checks were cashed at three different locations in Leon County on Nov. 15, 2017 by Swanberg. 

According to the police report, the first check was cashed for $2,479.54 and the second and third checks for $1,679.54. 

The victim told officers that she did not write those checks or give anyone permission to issue the checks.

She said she does not know Swanberg and he is not an employee of Astro, so he had no reason to be in possession of an Astro Travel check. 

When deputies were provided with still images from each of the three locations where the checks were cashed, they were able to identify Swanberg as the person in the images.   

The victim stated that her signature was also forged on each of the three checks and that they were counterfeit. 

The police report states that Swanberg has a criminal history that includes trespassing, petit theft third or subsequent offense, and petit theft. 

Based on the evidence, Swanberg is being charged with: 

  • one count of executing a scheme to defraud a financial institution 
  • three counts of possession of a counterfeit payment instrument with intent to defraud
  • three counts of a passing forged or altered instrument 
  • one count of criminal use of personal identification information with over $5,000 in loss 
  • three counts of depositing a bank item with intent to defraud 
  • three counts of forgery of a public record certificate 
  • one count of grand theft of $5,000 or more but less than $10,000 
  • one count of fraudulently obtaining property under $20,000 

He was taken to the Leon County Detention Center and his bond has been set at $1,000.