Published: May 04, 2010 11:25 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A Cape Coral man is in hot water, as he's now facing charges after allegedly altering a check.

Police allege that Clair Smith used "check washing" methods — a technique that involves removing the writing and re-writing the check for a different amount — to change a $10.00 check into a check for $259,000.

Police say Smith, 42, deposited the check at an ATM; the bank found the check suspicious and subsequently notified authorities.