CHURCH HILL — Church Hill police have charged a Morristown woman with nine counts related to stolen check forgeries, but that may just be the tip of the iceberg as nearly three books of stolen checks remain unaccounted for.
Amanda Hope McGill, 24, 5200 Cub Circle, Morristown, was charged last Wednesday with six counts of forgery, three counts of attempted forgery and possession of stolen property. CHPD Officer Greg Larkin was called to the Dollar General Store on Wednesday night after employees reported that McGill was back trying to pass a check after unsuccessfully attempting two previous times to pass a check at that store.
The checks belong to Sandy and Curtis Hill of Rogersville. The Hills reported the checks missing following a burglary at their home on Feb. 7.
When Larkins arrived at the Dollar General he found McGill’s car parked in the fire zone but she was gone. Larkins later found her coming out of the nearby Food Lion store followed by a Food Lion manager who stated McGill had allegedly passed bad checks totaling $1,037.16 over the previous two days.
Upon questioning McGill she allegedly stated she’d been given the checks by the Hills. Larkins called a number McGill provided for Mrs. Hill to verify that story, but upon speaking to the person Larkins stated it was not difficult to determine the person was an imposter.
Police were allegedly able to account for nine checks, including six that were successfully passed Tuesday and Wednesday, and the three that were unsuccessfully passed at Dollar General.
CHPD Detective Dustin Dean told the Times-News on Friday that now he and other jurisdictions will have to wait for the rest of the checks to be returned as they come back to the bank.
“This is going to mushroom and be a lot bigger by next week because a lot of the checks will start surfacing,” Dean said. “I’ve called most of the businesses in the area to be on the lookout for checks belonging to the victims, and they know to call me if they show up. There were three books of checks stolen, and we only recovered one of the books — so time will tell whether she or accomplices made use of those other checks already.
“There were three checkbooks stolen and we’ve just got half of one accounted for, so there are quite a few still missing.”
Dean said the Food Lion checks were written to pay for groceries and household items.
Dean added that McGill was “very uncooperative” and wouldn’t offer an explanation for the two missing checkbooks.