JONESBORO — A Lawrence County man was arrested as he attempted to cash fake paychecks at a local bank.
Jonesboro police responded Thursday to Focus, Simmons and Arvest bank branches, where tellers claimed Scott McGarry, 46, of Powhatan, opened accounts using the phony checks and attempted to withdraw cash, according to the probable cause affidavit.
McGarry was identified in his driver’s license photo provided to the banks, as well as surveillance footages, the affidavit suggests. Previous Sun reporting indicates that the Liddle Contracting and Peco Food checks had a combined value of more than $10,000.
Officers were called Saturday to Unico Bank, where McGarry attempted to cash another fraudulent check. He was subsequently arrested and his burnt orange Hyundai was towed from the scene.
While doing an inventory of the vehicle, officers found a laptop, printer and blank checks they believe McGarry used to forge checks to open other bank accounts.
“During a mirandized interview with me, McGarry admitted to forging the checks,” Detective Austin Morgan wrote.
JPD also told Craighead County District Court Judge Tommy Fowler on Monday that McGarry has been accused of similar crimes in Tennessee, Florida, Louisiana and Ohio.
According to online docket entries, McGarry was charged in Randolph County with two counts of second-degree forgery and two counts of theft of property valued at more than $1,000 but less than $2,000. Notes on the entries indicate the offenses occurred on Aug. 21-22.
Fowler found probable cause to charge him with second-degree forgery and criminal possession of a forgery device, both Class C felonies.
Fowler set a $25,000 cash and surety bond. He is to appear in circuit court at 1 p.m. Oct. 27.