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Title 5 – Criminal Offenses
Subtitle 4 – Offenses Against Property
Chapter 37 – Forgery and Fraudulent Practices
Subchapter 2 – Offenses Generally
§ 5-37-201 – Forgery.
(a) A person forges a written instrument if, with purpose to defraud, the person makes, completes, alters, counterfeits, possesses, or utters any written instrument that purports to be or is calculated to become or to represent if completed the act of a person who did not authorize that act.
(b) A person commits forgery in the first degree if he or she forges a written instrument that is:
(1) Money, a security, a postage or revenue stamp, or other instrument issued by a government; or
(2) A stock, bond, or similar instrument representing an interest in property or a claim against a corporation or its property.
(c) A person commits forgery in the second degree if he or she forges a written instrument that is:
(1) A deed, will, codicil, contract, assignment, check, commercial instrument, credit card, or other written instrument that does or may evidence, create, transfer, terminate, or otherwise affect a legal right, interest, obligation, or status;
(2) A public record, or an instrument filed or required by law to be filed, or an instrument legally entitled to be filed in a public office or with a public servant; or
(3) A written instrument officially issued or created by a public office, public servant, or government agent.
(d) Forgery in the first degree is a Class B felony.
(e) Forgery in the second degree is a Class C felony.
Hot Springs Police Officer Ugartechea was dispatched to a local bank in reference to a suspect in the lobby that was allegedly attempting to cash a stolen check in the amount of $850.
Caleb Lloyd Crews, 20 of Wagon Wheel Court in Little Rock, was arrested and taken to HSPD HQ for processing. Police found that, allegedly according to Mr. Crews: he got the check from the guy that was in the bank with him just prior to entering the bank. That person supposedly made a deal with a third person to cash the check and split the cash in half.
Mr. Crews allegedly admitted to entering the bank, attempting to open an account and then attempting to cash the check. He also allegedly stated that he never met nor did any work for the victim.
The cover story between Mr. Crews and his accomplice was allegedly “if the police get involved, the check came in the mail from a roofing job”.
Mr. Crews is charged with Felony Forgery 2nd Degree with a bond of $3,500.