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Man facing multiple counts of possessing forged checks

Cris Ritchie Editor

August 13, 2013

HAZARD – Deputies in Perry County arrested a man last week charged with possessing forged checks worth well over $3,000, and he is apparently a suspect in similar cases in several other counties.


Chief Deputy Tony Eversole said he was able to arrest 32-year-old David Begley of Bulan last week after Begley was alleged to have attempted to purchase items from Manufacturer’s Supply in Hazard.


Eversole said Begley is suspected of defrauding businesses beginning in February in which he would have the businesses deliver hundreds of dollars’ worth of items and pay for them with a forged check.


“It is in excess of over $10,000,” Eversole said. “He’s wanted in a lot of the surrounding counties for doing the same thing.”


Eversole said after the initial thefts he contacted local businesses which Begley seemed to be targeting, mostly lumber and hardware stores, and asked employees to report anything to police that might sound odd. That call came from Manufacturer’s Supply last week, he continued, when someone at the business reported that a man called and ordered several items worth more than $700.


“He didn’t ask for a price and wanted them delivered to the parking lot of the Daniel Boone motel,” Eversole said.


Eversole said he asked the employees to make the delivery as he followed behind in his private vehicle. When Begley took possession of the items, Eversole said that’s when he made the arrest.


Begley was identified by employees who alleged that he had items delivered to him before, Eversole said, and he is suspected of hitting others businesses such as Home Lumber and 84 Lumber, along with businesses in Breathitt, Knott, Laurel, and Clay counties. Eversole noted Begley is additionally facing an indictment in Letcher County.


In Perry County, he is facing charges in two separate cases, according to court records. In the first, he is charged with four counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument for allegedly possessing forged checks written on an account belonging to someone else totaling just under $1,000.


In the second case, according to the warrant dated for Aug. 6, he was in possession of three forged checks totaling more than $3,500 written to East Ky. Rental, Manufacturer’s Supply, and M&D Electrical Supply.


He was lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard. He was arraigned in Perry District Court on Monday where he agreed to waive his case to the grand jury.