Nicole Lynn Babb, 35, Mahnomen, was sentenced for felony check forgery. She was ordered to serve 13 months in prison stayed for three years.
As a condition of that sentence, she was ordered to serve 60 days in jail or on electronic home monitoring. She has 60 days to schedule her jail time or set up electronic home monitoring. Work release and Sentence to Serve privileges were granted.
Babb was ordered to serve supervised probation for three years. She was ordered to have no contact with the victim. Babb was ordered to complete a chemical assessment. Babb was ordered to participate in mental health services and medication management. She was ordered to attend support groups as directed by probation.
Babb was also ordered to pay $210 in fees and fines and $4,300 in restitution.
The charge stemmed from a Dec. 11 report to the Thief River Falls Police Department, according to the complaint. Border Bank reported that three women had passed several checks from a man’s checking account. The other two women haven’t been charged, according to online court records. They received about $4,300 from the man’s account. Two checks totaling $2,300 had been written to Babb. Another check for $2,000 had been written to one of the other women. The checks had been written in November.
Two other checks had apparently been written out of the account. Bank staff realized both checks were forgeries on Dec. 8. One check, written to Babb, was for $1,000. The other check, written to a third woman, was for $900. It was unclear from the complaint whether the women had cashed those checks.
The complaint indicated that Babb and the other two women left identification when they passed the checks. The account holder told police that he met Babb through Facebook Marketplace.
Babb and a man, whom she identified as her brother, went to the man’s house between Nov. 16 and Nov. 20. He didn’t know how they had obtained his checkbook.
The complaint indicated that Babb’s criminal history included, but wasn’t limited to, third-degree burglary, aiding and abetting felony theft, and two offenses of misdemeanor theft.