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Man gets one year for passing forged checks in Parkston

One of the men who cashed thousands of dollars in forged checks in August 2017 at banks in multiple counties was sentenced to one year in prison on Tuesday.

Ryan Aadland, 31, of Sioux Falls, was convicted of two counts of forgery and one count of attempted forgery in Hutchinson County.

On Sept. 12, 2017, a Mount Vernon man reported to the Davison County Sheriff's Office that eight of his personal checks had been written from his bank account, but that he had not personally written or signed them. Another check was missing, but had not been cashed anywhere. In total, the checks accounted for totaled $27,800.

Four of those checks, totaling $8,900, were written to Aadland, and they were either cashed or attempted to be cashed in Parkston and Mitchell between Aug. 16 and Sept. 7, 2017.

Two of the other checks were reportedly written to Jason Dimick, 20, of Sioux Falls, and were cashed at banks in Mitchell and Parkston. Dimick is currently awaiting trial for his charges in Davison County.

Two other checks were cashed in Sioux Falls, and the ninth missing check was not cashed or attempted to be cashed.

On Jan. 24, an arrest warrant was issued for Aadland in Hutchinson County. He was charged with two counts of forgery, three counts of identity theft, three counts of possession of a forged instrument with intent to defraud and one count of grand theft of more than $1,000 and less than $2,500, all of which are felonies.

Aadland initially pleaded not guilty to all charges on June 18. He ultimately pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery and one count of attempted forgery on Tuesday, and the state dropped the rest of the charges against him.

For his forgery convictions, Aadland was sentenced to five years in the state penitentiary with four years suspended. For the attempted forgery conviction, he was given a suspended 30-day sentence. He was ordered to pay $312 in court costs and must pay restitution.