Minden Press-Herald

Wednesday
Oct 01st

Check cheater charged

William_ONeal_1One of Webster's Most Wanted is behind bars today for stealing money from a church.

William O'Neal, 48, of the 800 block of Durwood Street, has been charged with forgery and access device fraud after altering the amount of checks paid for work he performed for a local church.

Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said his office had warrants on O'Neal.

"The time frame for this was September 2009 until July 2010," Cropper said. "The church was hand-writing him checks when they paid him for work."

Cropper said the checks used were not actual payroll checks and the person writing the checks was leaving an inordinate amount of space in front of the amount.

"O'Neal would add an amount to the beginning of it that would make the check $100 more than the actual amount," Croppe said. "He would alter the figure in the box, too."

Cropper said O'Neal altered the amounts on seven checks, totaling around $2,000 in discrepancies.

"Once they discovered it, the church tried to do the right thing and gave him several months to pay it back," said the chief. "He didn't do it, so they decided to pursue criminal charges."

O'Neal, who was listed last week in the Press-Herald's Most Wanted is at Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center on bonds totaling $20,000.

 

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