Local umpire arrested for forgery charges

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

LONDON, Ky (WYMT) - He was trusted with making the right calls, but an eastern Kentucky umpire now sits behind bars.

When Levi Bowling went to Jackson County Thursday night to call a softball game, police were waiting to arrest him.

Investigators say Bowling made one dummy check and cashed it.

"Usually they will change the check number or something on the check, but I've never seen one just duplicate and replace with the same check," said Officer James Eric Stallard with the London Police Department.

Police say Levi Bowling, an umpire for K-H-S-A-A deposited one of the checks and cashed the other at First National Bank in London.

"When you are doing your books and two checks come through with the same number, something isn't right," said Stallard.

The principal at South Laurel Middle School says his bookkeeper noticed the check written to Levi Bowling for a softball game in April had cleared twice.

Police are now warning other schools to check their books to see if he has done this to them.

A warrant in Clay County shows this isn't the first time he's been charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument.

The complaint says Bowling allegedly tried to pay for something at Bullskin Trading Post with five forged check totaling more than $1,000 dollars.

London police tell us they plan to charge Bowling with criminal possession of a forged instrument.

We also talked to officials in Jackson County who say they are checking to see if the same thing happened there, but so far they have not found anything.

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