Man charged with forging former employer's check

Linda Bond 8/24/11 Lread

An Atlanta man tried to cash a fake check in Henry County, bearing the name of the company at which he once worked, police said.

Michael Alexander appeared in Henry County Magistrate Court Tuesday before Judge Robert L. Godwin. His bond was set a $10,750.

Alexander, 34, is charged with forgery and obstruction of an officer.

Henry County police arrested Alexander Monday for presenting the forged check to a teller at the Bank of America, located at 5505 North Henry Blvd., in Stockbridge.

Bank employees told police Alexander attempted to cash a check for $645.17, according to a police report of the incident. "... the check did not match the characteristics of the account holder's check and couldn't be verified," said Henry County Police officer E. Luciano in the report..It was written on the Crosby Properties & Investments account of his former employer, according to police.

"[A bank employee] notified the company and a payroll clerk advised her that the check was fraudulent," continued the police report.

"The suspect's index finger was on the check. He was told by the bank teller to use the fingerprint kit that the bank teller has at her window as part of the procedure to cash the check," said the officer in his report.

Officer Luciano was given a description of the suspect and spotted Alexander running behind the NAPA auto parts store, next to the bank.

"I advised radio dispatch that the suspect was fleeing on foot ... towards Old Atlanta Road," continued Luciano.

Officer T. Bryan caught Alexander "within minutes of the incident," near the corner of Ryan's Drive and North Henry Blvd., according to Luciano.

"The suspect made a spontaneous utterance in my presence stating that he knew why he was getting detained. He stated, 'it's about the check right,"' added Luciano. Alexander was later taken to the Henry County Jail.