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Man sought in forgery case

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Henry County police are trying to identify this man, in connection with a Tennessee forgery case reportedly involving local victims.

Special Photo Henry County police are trying to identify this man, in connection with a Tennessee forgery case reportedly involving local victims.

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Henry County police are seeking the public's help in identifying, and locating, a man who has allegedly been forging the names of two Henry County residents in parts of Tennessee.

The suspect, a black male, is alleged to have committed forgeries at other times over the past two years, according to Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton. The most recent reported incident, he said, occurred March 28.

Police said the suspect is using counterfeit checks from one victim, and validating them with the forged name of another victim.

"The [suspect] entered the Target located in Cleveland, Tenn., and committed the offense of forgery [in the] first degree and identity fraud," Bolton said. "He presented a counterfeit check bearing [a] Henry County victim's account number, with a second victim's name, address, and phone number. The subject has a counterfeit ID bearing the second victim's information."

Bolton added that the suspect "has been known to conduct this type of forgery since 2008. The forged checks have been presented in the Chattanooga, Nashville, and Cleveland, Tenn., [areas]," he said.

Police have obtained video surveillance footage of the suspect. Anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts is asked to contact Henry County Police Detective Mike Reid by phone at (770) 288-8263, by fax at (770) 288-8237, or via e-mail at mreid@co.henry.ga.us.