Forgery charges lodged against Antioch couple
By Sparta Live | November 29, 2006 12:00 am
Kim Swindell Wood
An Antioch husband and wife are facing several charges of forgery after they were arrested by a City of Sparta investigator for passing fraudulent payroll checks.
James Christopher McWorter, 27, and Beatrice Lyn McWorter, 25, appeared in White County General Sessions Court on Nov. 17, 2006. James is charged with 24 counts of passing a forged instrument and 20 counts conspiracy. Beatrice is charged with criminal impersonation, forgery and criminal conspiracy. Both their cases were continued until Dec. 1, 2006.
“In October, we started having some payroll checks being passed in the city that came back as counterfeits,” said Investigator Allen Selby, of Sparta Police Department.
Selby said he initiated an investigation and identified Beatrice as one of the individuals passing the checks.
“With cooperation from Metro P.D., they were picked up in Nashville,” he said.
Selby said “it appears to be pretty widespread” when talking about the McWorters passing counterfeit checks. Selby also said he expects to make more arrests in the case.
“Right now, we’re negotiating with the U.S. Attorney,” said Selby, “and we’re hoping to get federal help on it.”