A McKee man and a Richmond woman accused of serial forgery in February were indicted this past week on several charges involving the passage of counterfeit checks.
Jeffery McKenna, 49, and Crystal Dawn Smith, 32, of Richmond, were indicted on seven counts of second-degree forgery, a Class D felony.
McKenna also was indicted for second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, a Class D felony and eight counts of being a persistent felony offender, a Class B felony.
McKenna was arrested June 16 by Richmond police and was taken to the Madison County Detention Center. He was released Aug. 26 on a $5,000 cash-or-property bond.
Smith was not incarcerated after being charged, according to the detention center’s website.
The couple passed counterfeit checks ranging in amounts from $108.07 to $379 on May 14, 15, 16 and 18, police say.
The checks were passed at Bluegrass BP, E.W. James, Monty’s liquor store, Save-A-Lot, Dollar General Store, Kroger and Wal-Mart, according to the indictment.
Richmond and Berea police joined earlier this year in an investigation involving McKenna.
A tip generated by media publicity in February led police to an apartment on Boone Street in Berea, where McKenna was arrested on Feb. 25.
At that time, police believed McKenna passed at least seven fraudulent checks totaling $5,066.
McKenna allegedly passed a $489 check Jan. 18 at E.W. James. It was drawn on the account of National College, Roanoke, Va.
On Jan. 19, McKenna is alleged to have passed a $372 check to Discount Tobacco, 908 E. Main Street. That check also was drawn on National College.
Between Jan. 21 and 26, McKenna allegedly passed three checks at two different locations of Monty’s liquor stores (Berea Road and Irvine Road) for $378.62, $372 and $376. Those checks were drawn on the account of Lake Shore Engineering of Richmond.
On Jan. 25, McKenna is alleged to have passed a second check, for $376, at Discount Tobacco. That check was drawn on the account of Lake Shore Engineering.
The largest bad check that McKenna is alleged to have passed was for $2,700 at Wade’s Pawn shop. It was drawn on the account of National College.
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