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Second arrest made in Brown County check forgery case

By Shenna Stout, sstout@ktxs.com
Published On: Oct 30 2012 08:45:25 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 31 2012 07:54:30 AM CDT

 

BROWNWOOD, Texas -

Early and Bangs police have been investigating forgery cases since this past July.

Three checks were forged by three different people in Brown County. Businesses lost out on more than $8,000.

Now, two men have been arrested, while one is still at large.

Early Chief of Police David Mercer said two of the suspects – Darryl Keith Hunter and Mario Cervantes -- are from the Houston area.

Hunter was arrested Monday by police in Houston, but Cervantes remains at large.

Mercer said the case started with three forged checks – all on the same day.

"All within one hour and a half to two hours of each other, all three checks went through," said Mercer.

Mercer said the men created their own fake checks using their own names, matching a real check perfectly.

"They used their own identity to prove that they were cashing the check, the right person, so that's why they banks or nobody really questioned it," Mercer said.

In July, Timothy Jackson of May was arrested by Brownwood police for his involvement in the forgery case after allegedly forging a check at the Wal-Mart in Brownwood. Jackson has since bailed out of jail.

The other two men, Hunter and Cervantes, forged checks at the Mills County State Bank in Early. The checks were discovered to be fake when routing numbers matched to those of older checks.

"When they hit the bank, they knew it was not a good check because these numbers had already been routed through their system," Mercer said.

Mercer said check forgery is on the rise because of technology and the ease of creating checks on computers.