Check Scammer Claims To Be U.S. Marshall

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

A warning tonight for area businesses to be on the lookout for a man police say is cashing fake checks.

Two business owners in Floyd County caught the man on video surveillance.

Police say the man cashed checks at five businesses so far, from Perry to Floyd counties, and they are hoping video surveillance will lead to his arrest.

Police say they are looking for this man, seen in the long sleeve navy shirt.

"He looked like somebody's papaw. He didn't look like a criminal at all, he just looked like your everyday average joe," Roxie Bentley.

Bentley and her son Nathan Webb, own Clipper's Liquor Store in Floyd County. They say the man came in, took his time walking throughout the store, told them he was a U.S. Marshall and needed to cash his check.

"He pulled out his wallet. He had an ID badge of the U.S. Marshall. It looked like a legitimate badge," said Webb.

And they say the check looked legitimate too, until they got a call from the bank.

"The lady from the bank, the teller, she had called me and she said, Roxie I called and checked on this check and she said it's not any good," said Bentley.

"We thought he was telling us the truth. We took his word at face value and unfortunately we learned that not everyone's as honest as you'd like for them to be," added Webb.

And that's why they hope this video will lead to his arrest.

"If there's anybody out there that recognizes him, let the police know. Maybe they can stop him from robbing somebody else," added Bentley.

She hopes they catch him soon.

Webb and Bentley describe the suspect as a middle-aged white man, around 5' 8", weighing approximately 250 pounds.

Police say he signed the checks using the name Jason Hayes. If you have any information, you are asked to contact Kentucky State Police.

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  • by KYMom Location: Salyersville on Mar 5, 2009 at 07:38 AM
    I hate to be on this side of the offensive here but from now on let the back cash checks! I do hope you can get your money back but in the future just tell them to go to the bank unless you really really really know them (ie, your family or close friends who you know have a legitimate job and get a real check).


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