Man charged with local forgeries

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Arkansas man being held on $65,000 in bond

A Fayetteville, Ark., man has been arrested on four felony charges after allegedly trying to cash forged checks at a bank in Cassville.

Thomas Sharp, 48, of Fayetteville, Ark., is charged with four counts of felony forgery, three counts in one case and a single count in another case.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Sgt. Donald Privett, with the Cassville Police Department, at about 1:32 p.m. on July 11, police were dispatched to Freedom Bank in Cassville for a man allegedly attempting to cash a fraudulent check.

The check in question was from Maricorp U.S. and made out to Sharp, but the bank employees said that check number was made out to CenturyLink, not Sharp. Maricorp verified it was made out to CenturyLink.

Sharp, who said he has never worked for Maricorp, said a man approached him in Fayetteville and agreed to cash some checks and make some money. Sharp had about $600 in cash from other checks cashed. Sharp said at first, he did not know the checks were fraudulent, but after cashing the first two, he knew something wasn’t right.

According to a probable cause statement by Det. Doug Henry, with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, forgeries occurred in Cassville, Seligman, Shell Knob and Golden. Freedom Bank reported Sharp allegedly stole $11,570.54 and attempted to steal another $4,990.18 with the Maricorp check.

Sharp is being held in the Barry County jail on cash-only bonds of $50,000 and $15,000. He has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing is set for July 26 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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