JUSTICE – A woman from Mohawk, W.Va. has been accused of 21 counts of forgery and embezzlement after allegedly forging several checks from JR’s Pizza in Justice W.Va. throughout the course of several months.
Cary Porter, 44 from Mohawk, was arrested Friday, November 18 by TFC J. Matheny from the Williamson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) on felony charges related to embezzlement and forgery.
According to criminal complaints, an arrest warrant for Porter’s arrest was executed on Friday. The complaints state that in a six month period ranging from May 2016 to October 2016, Porter fraudulently obtained approximately $5,571.66 from JR’s Pizza.
On November 10, TFC Matheny was contacted by Jerry Ellis, the owner of JR’s Pizza in Justice. At that time, Ellis advised the officer that he had discovered several suspicious transactions in his business bank account through the Bank of Mingo.
Ellis explained to the officer that Porter was employed as assistant manager at the business and had access to and authority to issue checks for supplies and payroll. Porter issued her own check as well as other employee’s payroll checks from the check book.
The complaint states that to the best of Mr. Ellis’ knowledge, the suspicious transactions started around May 26, 2016. Ellis explained that Porter received one payroll check per week. However, between May 26 and October 28, 2016, Porter received and cashed 39 checks.
Subtracting the amounts provided by Ellis’ accountant for the accurate amount of payroll due during this period, Porter obtained approximately $5,751.66 in fraudulently obtained money from JR’s Pizza.
The officer spoke with Porter on November 11, 2016 in regard to this matter. At that time, Porter allegedly told the officer that she had knowingly and willfully forged checked from the pizza establishment during the previously mentioned time period.
Porter was transported to the Southwestern Regional Jail located in Holden, W.Va. and was arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Brock Mounts.
Information in this article was obtained by use of criminal complaints which are 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.)