Report: Union man tried to cash $300 stolen check

Prosecutors charged a Franklin County man this month for attempting to cash a $300 stolen check at a store in Marthasville.

Zachary W. Cooper, 29, of Union, was charged with forgery, a felony, as well as misdemeanor stealing related to the incident, which happened in October 2019.

On Oct. 15, Cooper allegedly attempted to purchase beverages, cigarettes and $20 in gas at the S&R Convenience store, using a check from someone else’s bank account, according to a Warren County Sheriff’s Department report. Store operators refused to take the check, after which Cooper allegedly said he would return later to pay for the gas. He never did.

An investigator contacted the owner of the check, who reported it had been stolen from his vehicle.

Deputies later located Cooper. He allegedly admitted to knowingly using a forged check. Cooper claimed he had agreed to cash the check for a friend in exchange for whatever he purchased and half of the cash back, according to the sheriff’s department.

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