Pasco Traffic Stop Results in Forgery Arrest
Pasco Clerk of Court Paula O’Neil’s office was one of the victims, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.
PASCO COUNTY – A traffic stop for a stolen vehicle lead to the arrest of a man in connection with multiple check forgeries, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said.
Mickey Curtis Bearden, 33, of Dade City, was charged with 32 counts of forgery, two counts of possession of instruments for forgery, and one count of possession of personal information on five or more victims.
Deputies said they stopped a car on Wednesday (June 28) because it had been reported stolen. Witnesses said Bearden, who was inside the car, had two large duffel bags.
Inside one, deputies said, they found an HP laser jet pro printer, super glue, a check starter kit, sticker project paper, small scissors, and refill kits for business checks and vouchers. The items can be used to forge checks.
Deputies said they looked in the second duffel bag and found four separate drivers licenses, a Social Security card and seven credit cards belonging to seven different people. They also found a red folder containing 32 forged checks. The victims included the office of Pasco Clerk of court Paula O’Neil, a clerk’s office in Kentucky and a Dade City computer business.
For information about the Pasco sheriff, go to pascosheriff.com.
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