Sheriff: Suspect charged with stealing, forging business checks

Posted at 10:16 AM on Sep 3, 2019

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FROM STAFF REPORTS

A suspect faces eight felony charges in connection with the theft and forgery of checks from a business in the Mooresville area following an investigation by the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Darren Campbell announced the arrest of Vernard Anthony Gregory, 32, of Charlotte in a news release Monday.

The ICSO began investigating after receiving a report that multiple business checks had been forged and then cashed at multiple banks in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and Walkertown, Campbell said.

Detective Craig Scannella of the ICSO Economic and White Collar Crimes Unit was assigned to the case. After several witnesses were interviewed and search warrants were served for bank records, Gregory was identified as the suspect in the case, according to the news release.

Based on the evidence gathered during the investiating, Detective Scannella obtained warrants charging Gregory with four counts of felony identity theft and four counts of felony uttering a forged instrument. The total amount of money taken was in excess of $3,000, Campbell said.

Gregory was arrested on Wednesday, August 28, by members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. He was transported to the Mecklenburg County Detention Center, where he was issued a $20,000 bond by Magistrate Harris.

According to the ICSO, Gregory's criminal history includes the following charges: felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, two counts of misdemeanor resisting a public officer, two counts of common law robbery, two counts of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, felony habitual Felon, misdemeanor breaking and rntering, and felony possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

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