Looking for Forgery Suspect

Time: 9:31 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Location: Paducah Bank, 2600 block of One Oak Road, Paducah

Paducah police are investigating another incident of someone trying to pass a forged check at a local bank.

Jim Tinsley of Forest Hills Village, 238 Highland Blvd., told police this morning that Paducah Bank notified him that a man had tried to cash a check drawn on Forest Hills Village’s account. The check, written for $1,489.67, did not look like Forest Hills Village’s normal checks, and a bank employee became suspicious.

It was determined the check had been forged, and the bank seized it. The man attempting to cash it then left the bank.

Police believe this incident is related to one Saturday morning at Community Financial Services Bank, 3390 Park Avenue, Paducah, in which Jacqueline F. Rice, 49, and John R. Dickerson, 50, both of Knoxville, TN, were arrested on charges of first-degree forgery and first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Paducah police were called after CFSB officials contacted the account holder, and learned the checks were forgeries.

Paducah police obtained a surveillance photograph of a man believed to be supplying the forged checks and transporting the people who are trying to cash them. Acting Capt. Justin Crowell said the man appears to be the common denominator between the two incidents. He said Kentucky State Police are investigating similar incidents in western Kentucky, and urged area financial institutions to be extremely cautious when cashing checks.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity or his whereabouts is asked to call the Paducah Police Department at 270-444-8550 or Crime Stoppers at 270443-TELL. Tipsters also may access the Online Tip Form. Information leading to an arrest or indictment may result in a reward of up to $1,000.

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