Counterfeit $20 bills lead to arrest
An off-duty RPD officer was in Speedway on the Eastern Bypass around 10:40 a.m Friday when an officer was dispatched to investigate a report of a counterfeit bill being passed in the store.
Christopher K. Wray, 21, of Columbus, had attempted to pass a fake $20 bill, according to the police report. He was detained and four more counterfeit $20 bills were found in his possession, the report stated..
Wray was charged with five counts of first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and lodged at the detention center in lieu of a $1,000 cash bond.
Other forgery arrests
Saturday, Richmond police charged a Berea man, Anthony W. Johnson, 32, of Lester Street, in connection with the passing of stolen and forged checks.
On Feb. 7, a complainant reported his personal checkbook was missing, and two of the checks had been forged and cashed on Feb. 4 at Redi Mart at 1104 Berea Road.
An investigation identified Johnson as the person who passed the bogus checks and a warrant, charging him with two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, was issued Feb. 8. The checks were written for $99.53 and $107.90.
The following day, police responded to the same Redi Mart where Johnson was allegedly attempting to cash another check, according to the police report.
Officers discovered the check Johnson was attempting to pass, for $115.10, also was forged and had been stolen from a vehicle in Berea shortly before his attempt to cash it, the report stated.
Johnson was arrested and police found a strip of Suboxone on his person, the report also stated.
In addition to the charges for which the warrant was issued, Johnson was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and second-degree possession of a controlled substance.
After his arrest, another warrant, issued in November 2012, was served on Johnson for avoiding parole supervision and failure to complete a halfway house program.
In Oct. 2009, Johnson was convicted for 14 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and fraudulent use of a credit card. He was sentenced to seven years in prison but was paroled in September 2012.
On Feb. 5, Richmond police charged a Berea woman ,Deeann McFerron, 35, of Crown Vetch Lane, in connection with the passing of a stolen and forged check.
The previous day, a resident in the 100 block of Spurlin Mobile Home Park reported that several of his business checks from Cannon Corner Auto had been stolen from his residence and passed at various locations throughout Madison and Rockcastle counties.
McFerron was identified as a suspect, according to the police report.
McFerron was interviewed at the police station and charged for second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and second-degree forgery.
She was lodged in the detention center under a $250 cash bond.