Dennis arrested for forgery and theft
A Washington man faces two felony charges and remains in the Washington County Jail under $10,000 bond after allegedly forging checks on someone else’s account.
Justin Allan Dennis, 20, of Washington, faces two counts of forgery, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine between $750 and $7,500. He also faces two misdemeanor charges of fifth-degree theft. He was arrested Friday afternoon at the Washington County Jail after being arrested earlier in the day on a warrant for prohibited acts manufacturing meth. A preliminary hearing is set for July 31. Jeremy Powell has been appointed to represent Dennis in court.
According to court records, officers met with two subjects on July 9 who said that Dennis had been forging checks on their account. The two had earlier reported that Dennis was suspected of taking cash and prescription medication. One of the subjects had gone to the bank to do some regular business and was informed the account was nearly zero.
While assisting the subject, the clerk indicated two checks had been cashed and were issued to Justin Dennis. The first check was for $100 and the second check, which was still being processed, was for $150. The handwriting on the check was verified as Dennis’s. The check was signed with a different name, but the person indicated she had not signed the check nor did she authorize Dennis to sign her name.
Officers spoke with a bank official. She reported that she had assisted the subjects in paying their bills and balancing their checkbook and she was surprised when their account balance was nearly empty. A search revealed the two checks had been issued in the previous two days and were consecutive numbered checks.
Bank security photographs showed that Dennis was the person who passed the checks. The reporting officer wrote that he knows Dennis by sight and he was the person involved in the two transactions.
Dennis had been arrested Friday for prohibited acts, manufacturing methamphetamine. On Monday, March 18, Dennis was arrested. According to records, Dennis unlawfully possessed with the intent to manufacture 5 grams or less of methamphetamine, its salts, isomers or salts of isomers, or analogs of methamphetamine, or any compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity or detectable amount of methamphetamine, its salts, isomers, or salts of isomers, or analogs of methamphetamine.