Home improvement contractor arrested for making alterations to check

Home improvement contractor arrested for making alterations to check

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro contractor who landed in hot water earlier this year for a misleading ad, landed in jail Tuesday for a misleading check.

Police arrested Terry Smith, 53, on a felony count of second-degree forgery.

According to the incident report, Smith changed a check made out to him for $390 to $3,090 by adding a zero and writing "thousand…over the top of the word hundred."

When Smith went to cash the altered check at Centennial Bank, 2901 E. Highland, the report states a teller alerted his manager who in turn contacted her supervisor who then called the check's issuer.

According to the report, the victim confirmed she had paid Smith $390 for work he was doing on her home.

When told the bank could not cash the check, Smith reportedly left the bank, leaving behind his driver's license.

An officer arrested Smith a short time later near the intersection of Parkwood and Red Wolf Boulevard and took him to the Craighead County Detention Center to await a probable cause hearing.

Earlier this year in March, Smith was accused of posting a misleading advertisement in a local newspaper.

Some thought his "John 3:16 Roofing and Remodeling Company" was connected with John 3:16 Ministries, a state recognized non-profit.

After being contacted by Region 8 News, Smith removed the Biblical reference from his advertisements.

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