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Man cashes checks for $835, but gets jailed for 30 days for forgery
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A man who cashed checks for labor he never performed will serve a month in jail.The defendant, Chad Eric Sandlin, 22, was directed to serve 30 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence, perform 16 hours public service work, and make $835 restitution to Security Federal where he passed the forged checks.His sentence comes after he passed two checks, one for $385 and the other for $450 on the victim’s account, the checks claiming to be payment for labor he had done. However, after the checks were passed at Security Federal, the owner of the account discovered two of his checks were missing. He believed they were taken from his vehicle when he allowed an unnamed female to borrow his vehicle.Sandlin admitted to cashing the checks when questioned by sheriff’s investigator Kelly Carter.“He admitted he received $50 for cashing the $450 check,” said Carter, noting Sandlin continued to deny stealing or forging the checks.At the same time as denying the forging part of the incident, Carter said Sandlin refused to be cooperative when it came to naming his partner in crime.“He refused to state the name of the person who forged and gave him the checks to cash,” Carter said.