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Three indicted in separate forged check cases



Mary Ruth Morris, 42, has been named in eight indictments by the Letcher Grand Jury on charges of theft and cashing forged checks. Morris, also known as Ruthie Morris, Ruthy Morris, Ruthie Polly and Ruth Polly, of 65 Bellaire Drive, Jenkins, and P.O. Box 72, Neon, is now an inmate in the Letcher County Jail.

In the first indictment, she is accused of possession of a forged check for $100 on the account of Warren Hoskins at Community Trust Bank in Whitesburg on March 14, 2012, drawn on First Bank and Trust of Wise, Va., and with theft by deception.

In the second indictment, she is charged with two counts of possession of a forged instrument, two checks for $200 each on Hoskins’s account at Community Trust Bank in June 2012, drawn on First Bank and Trust of Wise, and two counts of theft by deception.

In the third indictment, she is charged with possession of a forged instrument, a check for $200 on Hoskins’s account at Community Trust Bank on August 30, 2012, drawn on First Bank and Trust of Wise, and theft by deception.

In the fourth indictment, she is charged with five counts of possession of a forged instrument, four checks for $200 each and a check for $100 on Hoskins’s account at Community Trust Bank in September 2012, drawn on First Bank and Trust of Wise, and five counts of theft by deception.

In the fifth indictment, she is charged with five counts of possession of a forged instrument, three checks for $200 each and two checks for $300 each on Hoskins’s account at Community Trust Bank in October 2012, drawn on First Bank and Trust of Wise, and five counts of theft by deception.

In the sixth indictment, she is charged with 13 counts of possession of a forged instrument, 11 checks for $300 each, a check for $500 and a check for $350 on Hoskins’s account at Community Trust Bank in November 2012, drawn on First Bank and Trust of Wise, and 13 counts of theft by deception.

In the seventh indictment, she is charged with 18 counts of possession of a forged instrument, four checks for $500 each, three checks for $400 each, nine checks for $300 each, a check for $200 and a check for $100 on Hoskins’s account at Community Trust Bank in December 2012, drawn on First Bank and Trust of Wise, and 18 counts of theft by deception.

In the eighth indictment, she is charged with three counts of possession of a forged instrument, three checks for $500 each on Hoskins’s account at Community Trust Bank in January 2013, drawn on First Bank and Trust of Wise, and three counts of theft by deception.

In each indictment Morris is also charged with being a persistent felony offender.

Kentucky State Police Detective Randy Combs testified in the cases.

Others indicted are:

• Elijah Duane Garrett — possession of a forged instrument, identity theft and forgery.

Garrett, 34, 774 Hwy. 2035, Whitesburg, is charged with forging a check on the account of Pauline Webb at Community Trust Bank on January 9, 2012, and cashing the check while purporting to be Chris Caudill.

In a second indictment, the grand jury says Garrett entered the locked truck of the automobile of Lisa Stansberry at 82 Orchard Road, Whitesburg, on January 4, 2013. He is also charged with theft of a checkbook belonging to Stansberry.

Letcher County Deputy Sheriff Lt. Brian Damron testified in the cases.

• Ruby Jean Baker — possession of a forged instrument and theft.

Baker, 57, of 124 Forrest Hills, Jenkins, is charged with possession of a check for $523 made payable to the late Ruth E. Stewart from the 1974 Pension Trust Fund UMWA Health and Retirement Funds from BNY Mellon Trust of Delaware on November 1, 2012. The grand jury says she cashed the check at Whitaker Bank in Whitesburg.

In a second indictment, Baker is charged with possession of a check for $1,049 made payable to the late Ruth E. Stewart from the 1974 Pension Trust Fund UMWA Health and Retirement Funds from BNY Mellon Trust of Delaware on November 2, 2012. The grand jury says she cashed the check at Whitaker Bank in Whitesburg.

Marie Amburgey of Whitaker Bank testified in the cases.



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