Nicole Yzaguirre, who filed and settled a federal lawsuit stemming from allegations of assisting with a forged US Treasury check at the Walmart Cash Center in Bloomington, is still facing a charge in Hennepin County District Court over that incident.
The actual criminal complaint document fell into my hands recently, and it contains interesting details which (if ultimately proven to be true) would show Nicole Yzaguirre to be...
...more deeply involved in the plot to cash the bad check than previously reported based on details in the lawsuit documents.
The terms of the settlement in federal court are known only to be "each side walks away and pays its own attorney fees." If there are private settlement terms which involve one red cent passing back and forth, I am unaware of these terms except insofar as anonymous commenters have come to this blog and asserted otherwise. They have been invited to forward documents by email to proven their assertions, and have forwarded nothing.
Meanwhile, Nicole still faces charges in Hennepin County District Court where she is represented by Jill Clark, currently facing disciplinary proceedings by the Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board. Clark is the "notoriously nutty" attorney who frequently represents North Minneapolis "crazies, bad actors, and hybrids of both." Nicole Yzaguirre is the daughter of "anti-NOMI revitalization blogger" Terry Yzaguirre, the "crazy Mpls Mirror lady" who has, at various times, written or published writing defending the TJ Waconia fraudsters, Peter "Spanky Pete" Rickmyer, and Jerry "1564 Hillside Ave. N." Moore, as well as a host of others.
Disclaimer, Well, More Like A "Claimer"
Peripheral yet connected in multiple ways to issues this blog habitually covers, the criminal charge and associated lawsuit are interesting and newsworthy in and of themselves. This blog reserves the right to take fascinating tangents and cover what I please, including events in Timbuktu, if I see fit.
"They Had Prior Conversations About Cashing Forged Checks" (Allegedly)
Here is the criminal complaint, word-for-word. I have inserted paragraph breaks. These are mere allegations until and unless proven in a court of law.
Complainant, Erik Norling, of the Bloomington Police Department, has investigated the facts and circumstances of this offense and believes the following establishes probable cause:
The Complainant was at Walmart investigating a matter when Loss Prevention Manager Lindsey Moe approached the Complainant asking for him to investigate a separate matter. The Loss Prevention Manager gave the Complainant a copy of a United States Treasury check made out to James O. Bulger and Demitri D. Danner, in the amount of $3,674. The date on the check was June 1, 2010 and the number was 4028 41488713. The Complainant observed that the name James Bulger had been added above Danner's name and that the number 3 had been added to the dollar amount.
The manager gave the Complainant a copy of surveillance video which showed that on July 7, 2010, a black male cashing the altered Treasury check at the Walmart Money Center, 715 78th Street East, Bloomington in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The suspect signed the check in the name of James Bulger.
The Walmart employee that took the check was later identified as defendant Nicole Katherine Yzaguirre. The Complainant pulled up a booking photograph of the defendant, James Otis Bulger, and observed that the photograph matched the suspect observed in the surveillance video cashing the check.
The United States Secret Service was contacted and Special Agent Richard Grossheim accompanied the Complainant on August 20, 2010 to Bulger's home for questioning. Defendant Bulger was arrested. In a post-Miranda, Scales complaint interview Bulger admitted to the forgery. On August 27, 2010, agent Grossheim and the Complainant went to Walmart to question defendant Yazaguirre's (sic) about the altered Treasury check.
Yzaguirre admitted cashing the check given to her by defendant Bulger. She reported that she knew a male that was accompanying Bulger at the time. The male was the boyfriend of Yzaguirre's friend and they had prior conversations about cashing forged checks. (Emphasis by this blogger)
Yzaguirre stated that she knew they were going to pass a forged check. (Emphasis by this blogger) Defendant Yzaguirre reported that the number 3 on the altered check looked different than the other numbers. She knew something was wrong with the check. Yzaguirre said that after the transaction she received a text on her wireless telephone which read thank you. Defendant Yzaguirre then notified Walmart Loss Prevention about the check but did not admit any knowledge that it was fraudulent at the time she accepted it from Bulger.
(End of statement on the criminal complaint)
Young, Dented Prosecutor Must Prove Himself
The Prosecuting Attorney is James P. Farrell, Assistant County Attorney. Farrell is the "come back kid" of the Hennepin County Attorney's office, having served a suspension for a (minor but colorful) "road rage incident." In reading the details, "road rage" may not be a completely accurate description. There was no physical altercation. It was more like "I wish I had a badge so I could pull over that dangerous driver. Oh, wait, I'm a prosecutor. I DO have a badge. Well, let's just see about THIS."
Bad judgment? A little. Well-intentioned? Arguably, yes.
Birthdate Becomes Key To Digging Up Nicole Yzaguirre Info
The photo above is from Nicole Yzaguirre's Facebook profile. Obviously, FB is a fantastic way to dig up info about criminally charged individuals. Of course, part of the problem is avoiding some kind of "name is the same, but it's not her" mistake.
The Nicole Yzaguirre pictured above has the birthday August 28, 1990 according to her "About" section on Facebook. This is the same birthday as the Nicole Yzaguirre in the criminal complaint. "Nicole Pictured Above" also lives in Minneapolis. The resemblance to her mother, Terry Yzaguirre, is obvious. Ninety-nine point nine percent certainty is good enough. Notably, as of today Nicole does not appear to be "Facebook friends" with her mother, Terry Yzaguirre, the crazy Mpls Mirror lady.
Nicole Yzaguirre uses the Facebook name Nicole MissNikki Yzaguirre-Carter, lists her residence as "Minneapolis" but her hometown as New York City. She is interested in "women" and is pictured, extensively, with a girlfriend or partner using the FB name "Wanda FreeDiddy Carter-Yzaguirre."
Nicole Yzaguirre has many photographs but this one, in costume jail garb, with nobody else in the photo seemed the most appropriate for this blog post. There is plenty of interesting stuff in that FB profile but, eh, more interesting if Nicole Yzaguirre were actually CONVICTED, which hadn't happened yet.