Man accused of cashing $25,000 in forged checks

Man accused of cashing $25,000 in forged checks
John Kevin Holmes (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The third time might be the charm in some instances, but the eighth time a man tried to pass a forged check was not.

Craighead County District Judge David Boling found probable cause Friday to charge John Kevin Holmes, 60, of Jonesboro with eight counts of second-degree forgery and seven counts of theft less than $5,000 but greater than $1,000.

According to court documents, on Monday, June 4, Holmes unsuccessfully tried to cash a fraudulent payroll check at Bancorp South in Jonesboro.

Detective Nathan Coleman stated in the affidavit that Holmes had been successful seven other times at various banks in town.

"He fraudulently received $25,755 from three different banking institutes at seven different branches," Coleman stated.

During an interview with police, Holmes reportedly admitted to cashing the checks "for an unknown subject in return for money."

Judge Boling set his bond at $3,500 and ordered him to appear in circuit court on July 27.

The judge also found probable cause to charge him with felony possession of drug paraphernalia after police said they found a meth pipe in his pocket at the time of his arrest. Boling set his bond in that case at $1,500.

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