Joe Maner, 40, was arrested on 37 counts of passing worthless checks, written during a period from July 15, 2007, through Aug. 7, 2007. â€œIn three weeks, he managed to write 37 worthless checks over $25.
The largest was $402.93,â€ said Erica Oâ€™Bryon, spokeswoman for the Roswell Police Department. The District Attorneyâ€™s Check Enforcement Program asked for the policeâ€™s assistance after they made numerous attempts to contact Maner. â€œThe detective was able to locate him through his driverâ€™s license number which was written on the checks,â€ Oâ€™Bryon said.
Nearly $4,000 in bad checks were written on an account that was closed, explained Oâ€™Bryon. Maner faces 37 counts of worthless checks, a fourth-degree felony, He could receive five years for each count. â€œPeople need to know if they write worthless checks, they will be held accountable â€” no matter how long it takes,â€ said Oâ€™Bryon. Maner was arrested on Jan. 6.
He was released from Chaves County Detention Center after paying a $5,000 cash-surety bond. Oâ€™Bryon pointed out Maner is a habitual offender. He was sued in a civil case for issuing worthless checks in 2000 and charged with forgery in 2005.