A 31-year-old Mankato man is facing a fraud charge after police say he used his former employer’s debit card last October to pay court costs and taxes.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was contacted a couple who took a close look at their bank accounts after their debit cards were declined and found nearly $1,000 in unauthorized transactions. They included a payment to the Fifth Judicial District in Blue Earth County for $308.50 as well as numerous charges to an Internet chat website and $210 to the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

Investigators matched the transactions to David Ziegler using his social security number

The criminal complaint shows Ziegler denied using the victims’ card number, but after he was questioned he sent a text apologizing for what he did and asking the victim to not press charges against him.