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Cloquet man charged in connection with stolen Precision Pipeline checks

A Cloquet man has been charged in connection with writing and attempting to cash checks stolen from a Duluth man and a business affiliated with the Enbridge pipeline project.

John Gregory Maio

A Cloquet man has been charged in connection with writing and attempting to cash checks stolen from a Duluth man and a business affiliated with the Enbridge pipeline project.

John Gregory Maio, 47, was charged Friday in Carlton County District Court with one count of felony receiving stolen property and one count of felony possession or sale of stolen or counterfeit checks.

Cloquet police had been looking for Maio for at least a week when he was arrested last Thursday at his Cloquet home. Officers learned about the fraudulent checks from an employee at Queen City Federal, who said on at least two occasions since Nov. 21 two Cloquet men had tried to cash fraudulent payroll checks from Precision Pipeline in amounts over $2,000. The checks and video of the men at the bank linked Maio and another man, who has not yet been charged, to the crime.

When officers spoke with Maio originally, he denied involvement but implicated another Cloquet man in the crimes. Police arrested that man on a warrant in a separate case and when questioned the man admitted to passing pipeline checks along with Maio, court documents said. Charges against him are pending. Police also recorded conversations between the two men during which Maio reportedly said to remain quiet and that he would call detectives and give them false information.

Additionally, Maio and at least one other man were involved in burglaries at Precision Pipeline and at the home of a Duluth man, according to court documents. On Nov. 21, approximately $14,000 in cash was reported stolen at Precision, along with three laptop computers and hundreds of blank payroll checks from their temporary headquarters along Highway 33 near Pine River Sales in St. Louis County. A checkbook was taken from the Duluth man in early November and Maio allegedly forged and cashed a $900 check from it.

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Maio reportedly was a former employee at Precision and knew the Duluth man whose checks were reported stolen after Maio visited the man's home. Cloquet police are working with St. Louis County Sheriff's officers in the alleged burglary cases.

Once arrested, officers said Maio admitted he had been in possession of the stolen checks and that he had given them to various people in exchange for drugs. He also told them he attempted to pass a check at Queen City Federal and that he received money and stolen checks from the burglary at Precision Pipeline.

Maio has an extensive criminal history that includes convictions for disorderly conduct and misdemeanor theft in November.

Maio's bail was set at $30,000 and his next appearance is scheduled for Dec. 30.

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