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Antonio Valdez

An employee was accused of stealing his boss’s checks and was ordered to pay back over $4,000.

Antonio Luis Valdez, 38, was accused of forging checks and using them at two different locations from Aug. 4 to Sept. 27, 2022. According to investigator Travis Thaxton, “Daniel Lara Hernandez filed a report with the Warren County Sheriff’s Department that his employee Antonio Luis Valdez had stolen some of his Tri-County Bank checks from his checkbook that was located in his vehicle.”

Hernandez also provided a bank statement and photo copies of the checks which included five separate purchases at CA and D Variedades Mexican Store and two purchases at Tienda Super Latina. The purchases were made throughout the months of August and September and were all signed by Valdez.

The most recent purchase occurred on Sept. 27 for the amount of $800, which was also the highest amount charged. Across the seven incidents, $3,405 was purchased with the forged checks. Thaxton reportedly spoke to witnesses that identified Antonio Luis Valdez as the one passing the stolen checks.

Valdez was arrested on Sept. 20 and was charged with six counts of theft and six counts of forgery. Valdez was heard in a criminal trial docket this past Tuesday by Judge Ryan J. Moore in General Sessions Court where he was ordered to pay Hernandez the $3,405 back. He was also ordered to pay $800 to his place of employment totaling $4,205.

His court date is set to be reviewed in March, 2023.


Also included in Tuesday’s criminal arraignment and trial hearing:

• Tristan Herren was ordered to stay away from the victim for domestic assault and will be heard in court in January.

• Amber Nicole Bain and Brady Yates were given 30 day probation sentences for disorderly conduct.

• Kevin Dewayne Folds was given an 11 month, 29 day probation sentence for purchasing alcoholic beverages for a child. Folds was given an additional 30 day probation sentence for violating state park rules and regulations. These are to run consecutively.

• Joshua Ryan Gilbert was ordered to serve 25 days for probation violation.

• Scotty Randall Hendrixson was ordered to have no contact with the victim or their property and storage unit for theft up to $1,000. Hendrixson will be heard in court in February.

• Sherry Hudgens was ordered to serve 30 days for probation violation.

• Thomas Hymes was ordered to serve 15 days for probation violation and 30 days for possession or casual exchange of meth. These are to run consecutively. He was also fined $750 and was ordered to undergo an alcohol and drug assessment.

• Andrew Satterfield Jones was ordered to serve 45 days for probation violation.

• Irvin Alvarez Sanchez was fined $10 for driving without a license and was ordered to serve 10 days for failure to appear.

• John Anderson was ordered to serve 30 days of an 11-29 probation sentence and was fined $750 for simple possession. He will serve his 30 day sentence after he is done serving in Putnam County.

• Michael De Angeles was ordered to serve 24 hours for failure to appear.

• Meaghan Lashae Bouldin was given an 11-29 probation sentence and was fined $129 for domestic assault. Bouldin was ordered to undergo an alcohol and drug assessment, to attend anger management and to have no contact with the victim.

• Timothy Cheatham was ordered to stay away from the victims for theft and vandalism and will be heard in court in Dec., 2023.

• Jamie E. Emler was given two 30 day sentences to run concurrently for two counts of probation violation. Emler was given an additional 30 days and was fined $750 for possession or casual exchange of meth. This is to run consecutively of the other sentences.

• Eane B. Fann was ordered to serve 30 days of an 11-29 probation violation for violation of order of protection or restraining order. Fann was ordered to serve an additional 10 days for resisting stop, arrest or search. These are to run consecutively.

• Bryan Lee Ferrell is currently being held with a bond of $10,000 for domestic assault and was ordered to have no contact with the victim. Ferrell will be heard in court in December.

• Kevin Lee Fralix was ordered to serve 90 days of an 11-29 probation sentence and was fined $129 for domestic assault. Fraliz was ordered to undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and any follow ups and to have no contact with the victim.

• Elijah Fults was given two 30 day sentences of 11-29 probation sentences to run concurrently for a domestic assault and a second offense of domestic assault. He was also ordered to undergo a mental exam for both charges, to undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and any follow ups and to have no contact with the victim. Fults was ordered to serve an additional 10 days for violation of conditional release. This is to run consecutively with his other sentences.

• Terry Devon Harmon was ordered to serve 135 days for probation violation.

• Anakin Hillis was ordered to serve 45 days for probation violation and was fined $250 for theft. He was also ordered to pay $36.50 to Walmart and to stay out of Walmart.

• Eric Messer was given two 30 day probation sentences to run concurrently for two counts of criminal trespass and was ordered to stay out of Walmart. Messer was also ordered to serve 30 days of an 11-29 probation sentence and was fined $750 for possession or casual exchange of meth. He was ordered to undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and any follow ups.

• John Cooper Muncey was ordered to serve 35 days for probation violation. Muncey was also given a 6 month probation sentence for attempted criminal trespass.

• Arlin W. Jr. Pinkard was ordered to serve 60 days for probation violation.

• Christopher Rogers was ordered to serve 30 days and fined $750 for possession or casual exchange of meth and was ordered to undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and any follow ups. Rogers was ordered to serve an additional 30 days and fined $250 for possession or casual exchange. These are to run concurrently.

• Phillip Matthew Shook was given three 90-day sentences on 11-29 probation sentences for three counts of community supervision violation. These are all to run concurrently.

• Lee Ray Talbert was ordered to serve 30 days and was fined $750 for possession or casual exchange of meth. Talbert was also ordered to undergo an alcohol and drug assessment and any follow ups.

• Michael Dennis Tate was given a 6 month probation sentence for assault with bodily injury and was ordered to serve 60 days for probation violation.

• Ricky Thatch was ordered to serve two 30 day sentences for criminal trespass and criminal impersonation and to have no contact with the victim. Thatch was also ordered to serve 60 days of an 11-29 probation sentence and was fined $250 for simple possession or casual exchange. These are all to run concurrently.

• Zachary T. Ward was ordered to serve 90 days of an 11-29 probation sentence for domestic assault. He was also ordered to undergo a batterer program, an alcohol and drug assessment and any follow ups, and have no contact with the victim.

• Jeffery Lee White was ordered to serve 90 days for probation violation.

• Michael Whitson was ordered to pay $100 to Walmart for theft of merchandise and to stay out of Walmart.

• Teresa Arlene Williamson was ordered to pay $500 to the crime fund for failure to stop for a school bus.