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Brian Tallet

Cardinals pitcher Brian Tallet poses for a portrait during Cardinals spring training at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., on Feb. 24, 2011. Chris Lee clee@post-dispatch.com

CREVE COEUR • A man was after trying to cash a check on the account of former St. Louis Cardinal Brian Tallet and his wife, Natalie Tallet.

James Deal Cole, 21, of the 7700 block of Elene Avenue in University City, was charged with one count of forgery. He's being held in the St. Louis County Jail on $10,000 bail.

According to court documents, Cole presented a check reportedly written off the Tallets' account to the Regions Bank at 11456 Olive Boulevard on May 18.

A teller noted the signature on the check did not match those on file for the Tallets and called police. When contacted by authorities, Brian Tallet said his checkbook had been in a small travel bag he'd lost two weeks earlier.

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.

Marlon A. Walker covers general news for STLtoday.com and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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