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Former Illinois Cop Arrested In Pinellas County For Alleged Forgery And Grand Theft In Panama City


A former police officer with an already significant history in Florida's criminal and civil court systems was arrested in Pinellas County last week on allegations of forgery and grand theft.

The 56-year-old man is accused of entering a Panama City bank with a pair of checks written for almost $47,000 and made payable to the order of another individual. Deputies say the checks were endorsed to be paid to a person who the teller understood to be the suspect's girlfriend and deposited the checks in his account.

Shortly after the checks were deposited, the suspect allegedly withdrew $7,000 from the account. Upon discovering the error, the bank said it contacted the suspect, who promised to reimburse the bank for the missing funds. However, the bank says that the suspect never fulfilled the promise. As a result, police sought and received a warrant for his arrest in February and arrested him in March. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on two counts of uttering a forged instrument, two counts of passing worthless checks, and one count of grand theft, all of which were issued by Bay County authorities. He is scheduled to be arraigned on these charges in early May.

The charges against him described above are in addition to another pending case against him in Pinellas County. Last summer he was arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer after Clearwater police say he was illegally parked in a fire zone in an SUV with red and blue strobe lights.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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