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December 16, 2013 | 09:00 AM
A 56-year-old Platteville man faces a felony charge after he allegedly purchased a number of tractors from Mecum Auctions with a fraudulent check.

Larry D. Kallembach faces a felony charge of forgery and theft in an amount greater than $10,000.

If convicted, he faces up to 16 years imprisonment and $35,000 fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Nov. 13, an attorney from Mecum Auctions contacted police to report that Kallembach wrote a check to Mecum Auctions for $39,250 for seven tractors.

Mecum held a tractor auction in Davenport, Iowa, and Kallembach bought the following tractors: a 1959 John Deere 435 Diesel, $16,50; a 1965 John Deere 101 RS, $4,150; a 1956 John Deere 520, $5,800; a 1949 John Deere MT, $4,300; a 1951 Farmall Super 851, $2,100; a 1957 Ford 851, $3,200; and a 1944 Oliver 60, $3,200.

On Nov. 1 an independent contractor transported the tractors to Kallembach's home in Platteville. The contractor told police that Kallembach seemed to be in a hurry to get the tractors transported. Mecum was required to pay the original sellers for the tractors.

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On Nov. 14, Walworth police and officers from Grant County executed a search warrant on Kallembach's home and found four of the tractors. Kallembach said the other three tractors were in a garage in Platteville.

Kallembach told police that he writes the checks out of his Social Security signature bank. He said the checks are not from the bank and that the routing number was printed on the bottom of the checks with magnetic ink.

He said he kept writing checks from this bank because they never came back as having nonsufficient funds.

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