Iowa City police: Former bank employee stole customers' information, tried to pay rent

Nicholas Q. Madison
Nicholas Q. Madison

IOWA CITY — A former bank employee is accused of using personal information from customers to create fake checks and attempt to pay his bills.

Nicholas Q. Madison, 23, paid a $520 debt on March 25 with a forged check containing personal information from a bank where Madison once worked, according to Iowa City police criminal complaints.

Police are not identifying the bank. It is unclear when Madison was employed there.

Police said the recipient of the check did not know it was a forgery and deposited it.

On April 1, Madison used stolen identities and account numbers of multiple bank customers in an attempt to pay his rent online, police said. Those transactions were denied.

Madison then paid his landlord with two forged personal checks containing personal information from a bank customer, according to police.

Police said the landlord deposited the two checks totaling $1,300, but they were returned when the checks were disputed as frauds.

Authorities said the bank investigated the forgeries and determined Madison stole personal information from as many as 10 bank customers.

Madison was arrested Wednesday. Jail records show he was released from custody the same day.

He faces two counts of forgery and two counts of identity theft. Both charges are Class D felonies punishable by up to five years in prison.

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