Runyon arrested for forged check


LOGAN — Joseph Michael Runyon, 25, of Whitman, was arrested July 10 after the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) received information connecting him to a conspiracy to cash a stolen check.

Trooper Z.S. Holden, with the Logan Detachment of the WVSP, received a forgery complaint on May 25, 2015. Holden reports he received information from Logan Bank and Trust and the victim who reportedly advised Holden a check had been stolen and cashed after a family gathering.

The victim reportedly counted her checks and noticed one was missing; when the victim made contact with the bank, however, the check had already been cashed. The check was allegedly signed and made out to Runyon’s coconspirator for the amount of $200.

The victim also reportedly attempted to obtain video surveillance footage from the bank, but a power outage had temporarily disabled the equipment used to gather the footage. The bank reportedly had the victim sign her name for a handwriting comparison to the signature on the stolen check.

Upon receiving a copy of the stolen check, the victim reportedly recognized the handwriting as Runyon’s.

Runyon is charged with felony counts of conspiracy to commit a felony and forgery and uttering. If Runyon is found guilty on both counts, he could be forced to spend between six and 20 years in state correctional facility or be fined up to $10,500.

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