A College Station man was arrested Friday after authorities say he stole more than $2,500 through check fraud.

According to College Station police, a man called authorities on March 19 and said six of his personal checks had been stolen and used to withdraw more than $2,550 over a period of months. The man told authorities he suspected 23-year-old Christian Diaz, whom the victim knew.

Diaz’s bank account records were subpoenaed by detectives, who determined that he had cashed six checks from the victim since December. On each check, police said the victim’s signature was forged and the document was not endorsed. The money from the checks, which were deposited at ATMs around Bryan and College Station, was transferred into Diaz’s bank account, police said.

Authorities spoke with Diaz on May 16, and he said he was experiencing financial hardships and needed the money to pay rent, a report notes. Diaz was taken into custody Friday.

He is charged with two counts of forgery of a financial instrument, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in a state jail and $10,000 in fines. He was released from the Brazos County Jail on $20,000 bond.

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