BLANCHESTER —A Cincinnati man who cashed a $3,200 forged check in Blanchester is being sought by authorities, according to Blanchester Police.
On Oct. 11 the First National Bank of Blanchester reported that they had cashed the check and later found it was a forgery, said BPD Chief Scott Reinbolt.
BPD Ptl. Jeff Lemmons examined the check and viewed the bank security video. “He also spoke with Deputy Carman at the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, who was investigating a report of some checks stolen in rural Clinton County,” Reinbolt said. “Based on the evidence gathered, it is believed the forged check cashed by the bank was one of the stolen checks, that it was altered, then presented for payment at the bank.”
Lemmons identified the person passing the check as Timothy Askins, 48, of Cincinnati, Reinbolt said.
He said the case was presented to Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Moyer, who presented the case to the grand jury, which returned a felony indictment for forgery and receiving stolen property.
Askins, who remains at-large, has prior arrests in Kentucky, including possession of heroin in 2014, Reinbolt said.