Municipal check forged

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$104.22 check for mower tire altered to pay $5,000 to Kannapolis, N.C. man

By Jesef Williams

Police are looking into the reported forging of a check from the city of Lancaster.

An officer came to Lancaster City Hall on July 11 in response to a call about a forged check, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

City Assistant Finance Director Melinda Knight told the officer the check had been forged between June 26 and July 11.

The First Citizens Bank check, which was written June 21, had been signed by City Finance Director James Absher and put in the mail to be delivered to Small Engine Supply on University Drive, the report said.

The check was intended to cover a balance for a tire for a Farris mower. It was written for $104.22 and flagged fraudulent by First Citizens on July 11 after it was endorsed to be deposited at an unknown location, the report said.

The check was reportedly intercepted and then altered or reconstructed by someone between June 26 and July 11. The check was altered to pay $5,000 to the order of “Jaron Balknight” of Kannapolis, N.C., the report said. 

The Federal Reserve eventually obtained the check and sent it back to the bank. No arrests had been made. 

“The jurisdiction of this activity is still undetermined,” the officer wrote in the report.


Contact reporter Jesef Williams at (803) 283-1152