By Magen McCrarey
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
Jason Ray Higgins of Guilo, Tenn., was arrested by the London Police Department last Wednesday for stealing and forging checks found in the mail.
Officers were called to Cumberland Valley National Bank in Walmart on Ky. 192 to investigate a possible counterfeit check. Higgins attempted to cash the check but tellers were quick to notice the check number had already been processed by the bank and the check amounts were different.
The counterfeit check belonged to a Richmond business. Investigators believe the business check was stolen from the mail. Higgins stated he was from Chattanooga, Tenn., not Guilo. He also said he and a female companion were recruited by two African American males at a homeless shelter to cash the check because he had valid identification. He then told police the men drove them to Knoxville and then to London.
Upon arrival to London, Higgins said he was given an envelope and told to go inside CVNB and cash the check. Once the transaction was completed, he was to meet the men at a nearby restaurant to receive his portion of the money.
Higgins was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. London Police and other law enforcement agencies are continuing the investigation.