Saturday, June 2, 2007

Suspect in check swindle case surrenders

MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minneapolis man has surrendered to authorities after allegedly helping to spend part of a nearly $2.6 million check mistakenly mailed to the woman he lived with, prosecutors said Friday.

Charles Calvin Lockhart, 28, and Sabrina Walker, 37, are charged with theft by swindle in the case. Because of a clerical error, a check from the state of Minnesota to Hennepin County Medical Center was instead deposited in Walker's checking account.

According to the Hennepin County attorney's office, Walker and Lockhart spent the money to purchase cars, jewelry, limousine services and investment services. They say Walker waited a month before calling the state Department of Human Services to inquire about the check.

Walker was jailed Tuesday and remains jailed, with bail set at $200,000. After he turned himself in, Lockhart's bail was set at $200,000, and he also is in jail.

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