Grass Valley man arrested for forging checks |

Grass Valley man arrested for forging checks

Taylor Muendel.
Nevada County Sheriff Department |

A Grass Valley man was arrested Friday after being reported to the Grass Valley Police Department for allegedly manipulating checks to reflect a different pay in cash than what they were originally issued to be.

Taylor Anthony Muendel, 30, was arrested on Dec. 19 on six charges which include check forgery, possession of forged checks, altering and counterfeiting checks, commercial burglary and felon in possession of a firearm.

“It looks like on Dec. 11 our detectives got a report for follow up in regards to theft of checks being sent out in the mail,” Sgt. Joe Matteoni said Sunday. “The checks were later manipulated to reflect a different pay in cash by the suspect. A search warrant was then issued for his residence on Dec. 19, and executed on the 500 block of Brighton Street.”

According to Matteoni, in addition to finding falsified and forged checks in Muendel’s residence, Grass Valley police also found numerous firearms, which compounded the charges against Muendel, a previous felon. Matteoni says Muendel forged around $1,000 in checks. He was arrested and booked last Friday.

Muendel is charged with commercial burglary for allegedly attempting to use forged checks, and entering an establishment with the intent to commit felony or theft.

He is currently being held on a $140,000 bail.

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the suspect forged checks that were issued to himself. The Union regrets the error.

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email or call 530-477-4236.

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