According to Mesa Police, on Thursday, forty-four-year-old (44) Bryan Rogers was charged with two (2) counts of forgery for cashing fraudulent checks at a business in Mesa. On April 25th, Mr. Rogers cashed a check from the United States Food Service for $745.32 at the Casa De Cambio store near Mesa Drive and Southern Avenue. On April 27th, Mr. Rogers cashed a check from Stern Produce for $500 again at Casa De Cambio. Employees from Casa De Cambio told Police that Mr. Rogers frequently came into the store, and they did not suspect he was committing fraud. However, representatives from the U.S. Food Service and Stern Produce told Police that the checks Mr. Rogers cashed did not match the checks they issue and that Mr. Rogers has never worked for either company. Surveillance footage obtained from Casa De Cambio showed Mr. Rogers cashing the checks, and Mr. Rogers admitted to Police that he knew the checks were fraudulent. When Mr. Rogers was charged with this crime, he was already booked in county jail on separate charges for drug and credit-card fraud.
According to Arizona Revised Statute § 13-2002, “A person commits forgery if, with intent to defraud, the person: (1) Falsely makes, completes, or alters a written instrument; or (2) Knowingly possesses a forged instrument; or (3) Offers or presents, whether accepted or not, a forged instrument or one that contains false information.” Under Arizona law, forgery is a Class 4 Felony and includes penalties such as up to 3.75 years in prison, restitution, community service and probation.
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