Man arrested for worthless checks

January 28, 2011 • Local News

Joe Maner, 40, was arrested on 37 counts of passing worthless checks, written during a period from July 15, 2007, through Aug. 7, 2007. “In three weeks, he managed to write 37 worthless checks over $25.

The largest was $402.93,” said Erica O’Bryon, spokeswoman for the Roswell Police Department. The [auth] District Attorney’s Check Enforcement Program asked for the police’s assistance after they made numerous attempts to contact Maner. “The detective was able to locate him through his driver’s license number which was written on the checks,” O’Bryon said.

Nearly $4,000 in bad checks were written on an account that was closed, explained O’Bryon. Maner faces 37 counts of worthless checks, a fourth-degree felony, He could receive five years for each count. “People need to know if they write worthless checks, they will be held accountable — no matter how long it takes,” said O’Bryon. Maner was arrested on Jan. 6.

He was released from Chaves County Detention Center after paying a $5,000 cash-surety bond. O’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.

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