Pulaski County Check Forger Says Drugs Made Him Steal

Brian Cook says he stole checks, and cashed them at Wal-Mart and Kroger for one simple reason.

“Just trying to find a way to get high,” says Cook who is faced with eight counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Police say Cook stole eight checks from a friend's mother then took them to the stores where he was never questioned. He says he's surprised at how easy it was.

“I made up a driver's license number and they put it in and they never asked me for an ID or anything,” says Cook from the Pulaski County Detention Center.

He used the checks to buy various items, but mostly gift cards to exchange for cash, which he says he used to buy Oxycontin pills.

He says he's got a message for anyone who considers forging checks during the busy holiday season.

“You want to be home for Christmas; come on, you don't want to be in here. Nobody in their right mind would want to be in here,” says Cook.

Police say the victim's bank called her when the $8000 dollars Cook stole was drawn out so quickly.

“Yes, the bank works with her. She can fill out affidavits of forgery. She'll be getting her money back,” says Trooper Anthony Phillips.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 29, 2007 at 01:07 PM
    Hopefully this will change this man's life. I myself know how it is as a recovering drug addict. These people need treatment other than jail time for a first offense. Only when they resort back to drugs after the chance to clean up should they go to jail.
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Nov 29, 2007 at 10:40 AM
    To quote the illustrious Geraldine "The Devil made me do it". Get back, Devil!
  • by Steve Location: KY. on Nov 29, 2007 at 06:46 AM
    Let the lowlife punk rot in jail. I'm tired of the excuses all these punks give when they get caught. I hope he rots in jail! My excuse... I'm sick of people not admitting guilt. It's always someone or something else that caused them to do wrong. STAND UP AND BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUR CRIMES! Take the punishment and stop making excuses.
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Nov 29, 2007 at 05:48 AM
    Oh sure, he'll never do it again only because he got caught. If you never get caught, you'll continue in your criminal ways.


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