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TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2007

Man arrested on drug charges had fake checks in vehicle, police say

By Kristen Bishop 340-2443

MOULTON — A man arrested for driving under the influence and possessing a controlled substance last week now faces forgery charges after deputies found 16 fake checks in his vehicle, said Lawrence County Sheriff's investigator Lt. Tim McWhorter.

Sheriff's deputies Wednesday stopped Gaylon Wesley Parker, 26, of 1818 Glenn St., Decatur, on Lawrence County 214 in the East Lawrence community. During a search of his vehicle, deputies found illegal prescription pills and 16 fake checks, said authorities.

McWhorter said Parker had printed the checks with fake business names to look like payroll checks.

"Those had not been passed, but he had them made up and ready to try to pass," he said. "We believe that he passed some at area businesses, and we're trying to track them down now."

During questioning, Parker admitted to having cashed some of the forged checks, said McWhorter. Decatur police are assisting in the investigation.

Deputies charged Parker with second-degree possession of a forged instrument, a Class C felony. McWhorter said he anticipates additional charges.

Parker remained in Lawrence County Jail on Monday in lieu of $10,000 bond. He is also being held on a bench warrant for violating Community Corrections requirements.

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