Suspected forger blames "financial problems"

Suspected forger blames "financial problems"
Joshua Blake Adams (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man suspected of forging a stolen check told police he knew what he did was wrong, but said he was "having financial problems."

Despite his explanation, probable cause was found Friday to charge him with second-degree forgery for trying to cash a stolen check.

Police arrested 24-year-old Joshua Blake Adams on Thursday, June 28, as he attempted to cash a stolen/forged check at a local bank, according to the affidavit.

Initially, Adams told the officers he had received the $220 check for yard work.

However, Detective Vic Brooks stated in the court documents, when the victim was notified they did not know Adams.

During a Mirandized interview on Friday, Adams again told the detective he received the check on Wednesday for three-days of yard work.

When told the check was taken on Thursday, Adams reportedly claimed he received the check from someone else and signed the back of it. In exchange, he told the investigator, he was supposed to receive $100.

Brooks noted in the affidavit: "He stated that he knew what he [had] done was wrong, but was having financial problems."

Adams is being held on $1,000 bond awaiting an Aug. 23 appearance in circuit court.

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