WHARNCLIFFE – A Wharncliffe man has been accused of eight counts of forgery after allegedly using his grandmother’s checks to obtain prepaid credit cards.
Michael Ray Cline Jr., 32 from Wharncliffe, was arrested by Sr. Trooper T. Kania III, from the Williamson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), Thursday November 17, on the felony offense of eight counts of forgery.
According to a criminal complaint, on May 25, 2016, the victim reported to officers that her grandson, Michael Cline Jr., had used eight of her banking checks to obtain approximately $1,400 worth of prepaid debit cards from the Family Dollar in Gilbert, W.Va.
The victim explained to officers that checks were used on several occasions throughout April and May to obtain prepaid credit cards.
A warrant for Cline’s arrest was executed after officer investigation supported the victim’s claim that fraud had been committed.
After investigating the incident, the officer discovered that Cline signed the victim’s name on the point of sale terminal for each transaction he completed.
The officer also obtained sales receipts from the Family Dollar with amounts that reflect amounts withdrawn from the victim’s bank account. The dates on the sales receipt were also observed by the officer to closely reflect the post dates on the victim’s bank account.
Officer investigation also revealed the sales receipts showing the purchase on those dates to have been pre-paid credit cards. Employees at the Family Dollar also told officers that Cline had used the victim’s checks to purchase prepaid credit cards.
Cline was transported to the Southwestern Regional Jail located at Holden, W.Va. and was arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Brock Mounts.
Information in this article was obtained by use of a criminal complaint which is public record. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should be considered innocent until and if proven guilty.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)