In July 2012, a 44-year-old man who tried to cash a fraudulent check left his identification at the bank, which led police to him. The man, a Pennsylvania resident, admitted that he was stupid when he became involved in crime. He accepted a plea agreement to fraud-related charges of attempted theft and receiving stolen property.
The Montgomery County judge agreed to the plea, and the man received a sentence of 11.5 to 23 months in jail along with three years of community supervision. He has a prior criminal history of drug crimes and admits his cocaine addiction contributed to his criminal behavior.
The judge emphasized that the man has the power to make productive decisions that can move him toward a crime-free life. She added that if he does not comply with his probation terms, he will end up in prison. She also directed him to submit to psychological and substance abuse evaluations and to follow any recommendations for treatment. The man agreed and stated that he wants to make better choices in the future.
The man allegedly went into the financial institution on July 27 where he tried to cash a local business check for $2,644. Although there was a stop-payment order on the check, he told the teller he had worked for the company. When the signature did not match the ones on file, the teller spoke to bank authorities. The man left the bank for unknown reasons without taking his ID.
The man also faces charges of additional drug crimes and promoting prostitution. In July 2012, he allegedly promised to find a woman to perform a sex act on an undercover officer in exchange for $40.
When someone commits drug-related crimes, they can often benefit from substance-abuse counseling. A Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney might be able to convince the judge to allow a client to attend drug rehab instead of receiving more punitive sanctions.
Source: The Reporter, "Pottstown man left ID behind during attempt to pass a bogus check," Carl Hessler, March 18, 2013