2nd arrested in conspiracy

By Owen Wells - [email protected]



LOGAN — A second man has been arrested in connection to an alleged conspiracy to cash a stolen check.

On July 17, the Logan Banner reported 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.

John Carl Williamson, 35, of Whitman, was arrested in connection the alleged conspiracy July 29.

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 as well as the victim who reportedly advised a check had been stolen and cashed after a family gathering. The victim also allegedly advised Holden that Runyon and Williamson were responsible for the theft.

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 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 and Williamson are charged with felony counts of conspiracy to commit a felony and forgery and uttering, and if they are found guilty on both counts, both Runyon and Williamson could be forced to spend between six and 20 years in state correctional facility and be forced to pay up to $10,500 fines.

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By Owen Wells

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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]

Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]

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