2009-09-23 / Front Page

Five charged in check scam

Five people have been charged in connection with the theft of $3,051 from a checking account at Community Trust Bank.

Norma Kaye Quillen, 45, of Neon, is named in 15 separate indictments

Quillen is accused of possession of a forged instrument and theft in six indictments, theft in one indictment, and with complicity to possession of a forged instrument and complicity to theft in the remaining eight indictments.

The grand jury says Quillen used forged checks to obtain money from Truby Johnson's checking account between April and June, 2008. She is accused of acting in complicity with Shanna Ratliff in five of the indictments and with Nathan Haynes, Dwanna Burchett and Geder Martin II in one indictment each.

Shanna Ratliff, also known as Shana Ratliff, Jeremiah, is charged in three separate indictments with possession of a forged instrument and theft. The grand jury says she cashed three forged checks totaling $300 on Johnson's account in April, May and June 2008.

Nathan Haynes, 28, 212 Carcassonne Road, Blackey, is accused of cashing a forged check for $250 on Johnson's account on May 9, 2008.

Dwana Sue Burchett, also known as Whitaker and Ross, 41, 28 Slate Avenue, Neon, is accused cashing a forged counter check for $70 on Johnson's account on May 28, 2008.The grand jury says Geder Martin II, 26, an inmate in the Letcher County Jail, cashed a forged check for $25 on Johnson's account on April 25, 2008.

Haynes, Burchett and Martin are also charged with being persistent felony offenders.

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