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Brian Tallet was a victim of check forgery in St. Louis

Nov 26, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

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According to Marlon A. Walker of the Post-Dispatch, a man in St. Louis was arrested this summer for attempting to cash a $2,000 check on a Regions Bank account belonging to left-handed reliever Brian Tallet and his wife Natalie.

Tallet posted a rough 8.31 ERA and 10/7 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings for the Cardinals this past season before being shipped to Toronto in a late-July trade involving young center fielder Colby Rasmus.

The man, a 21-year-old James Deal Cole, was charged with one count of forgery. Here’s more from the Post-Dispatch:

Cole told authorities he had been approached by a man in a landscaping company truck while begging for money in St. Louis. The man, who Cole said identified himself as Brian Tallet, wrote Cole a check and offered him a job doing some landscaping work over the summer. Cole said the man wrote a $2,000 check, telling Cole to keep $1,500 and give the other $500 back.

Brian Tallet, who finished the 2011 season in Toronto and is now a free agent, told authorities he never met Cole, nor did he hire the man for work.

Poor effort, fellas. Tallet, 34, is a free agent this winter. He’s likely seeking a minor league contract.

  1. lyon810 - Nov 26, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Seems Lenny is on the loose, again

  2. awriterorsomething - Nov 26, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    Just a little hard up for something to write about today?

  3. fearlessleader - Nov 26, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    This is officially the second most interesting thing to happen to Brian Tallet this year, right behind the time when he put himself on the DL by sneezing too hard.

  4. JBerardi - Nov 27, 2011 at 12:59 AM

    Well… that happened.

  5. theonlynolan - Nov 27, 2011 at 2:05 AM

    I used to work at a bank and this is a common scheme that forgets are running now. They’ll look on craigs list or eBay and write a check for too much and ask for the difference in return. It’s obviously a scam but some people are so desperate that they’ll try anything at this point. Times are tough and what not. But for future reference if this ever happens to you don’t cash the check it’s a fake.

  6. theonlynolan - Nov 27, 2011 at 2:06 AM

    Forgers not forgets. I’ve been drinking. Sorry.

    • Francisco (FC) - Nov 27, 2011 at 11:16 AM

      Hopefully not drinking to forget…

  7. purnellmeagrejr - Nov 27, 2011 at 8:19 AM

    And in a related note Tallet was arrested for impersonating a major league pitcher.

  8. foreverchipper10 - Nov 28, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Catch Me If You Can

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