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Mount Clemens — Three Metro Detroit people have been charged in connection with passing counterfeit checks last month in Oakland and Macomb counties, officials said.

Donald Coletta, 25, of Westland; Marisa Fecteau, 24, of Garden City, and Dawn Fox, 59, of Redford have been charged with uttering and publishing and false pretenses, both felonies. The uttering and publishing charge carries a penalty of up to 14 years in prison. The false pretenses charges are punishable by up to five years in prison.

The three were arraigned in 41-B District Court in Clinton Township.

Coletta is scheduled to appear in court for a probable cause hearing on Monday. Fecteau is scheduled to appear in court for a probable cause hearing on Sept. 9. Fox is scheduled to appear in court for a probable cause hearing on Aug. 21.

The Macomb County Sheriff's Office said the trio allegedly passed fake copies of checks the agency issues to people when they're released from jail. The checks are given to cover funds confiscated from people when they are taken into custody.

The office said last month it received reports that 11 counterfeit checks that appeared to be from the department were passed at party stores in Mount Clemens, Clinton Township, Shelby Township and Troy.

The checks varied in amount between $300 and $725 and were made out to people who had not been incarcerated at the jail, officials said.

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