Defendant sentenced to probation

Vincent Anderson

A Minot man has been sentenced to time served and supervised probation after entering a change of plea to guilty to a count of felony forgery.

Vincent Marcus Anderson, 45, Minot, was charged in October 2022 with forgery-utters-or possess $1,000-$10,000, a Class C felony, and unauthorized use of personal identifying information to obtain credit over $1,000, a Class B felony.

According to court documents, Minot Police were called to a Minot bank regarding an individual identified as Anderson who attempted to cash a fraudulent check in the amount $1,100 belonging to a deceased account holder. Bank staff and investigators determined the signature on the check did not match the signature in the bank’s records and that the account holder had died in 2020.

Anderson initially entered a plea of not guilty to the charges and was ordered to appear for a jury trial on Jan. 9, which was eventually rescheduled for Tuesday, April 23. A motion to enter a change of plea was filed on Wednesday, which was officially accepted by North Central District Court Judge Todd Cresap at a hearing on Friday. The Class B felony identity theft charge was dismissed in accordance with the plea agreement.

Cresap sentenced Anderson to serve five days of a three-year sentence with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation with credit for five days already served. Anderson was required to complete two years of supervised probation and to pay $525 in court fines and fees.


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