Torrez Moore, a 49 year old Chicago man seems to not know when to stop. While facing charges of fraud, he sent a bad check to the Clerk of the Circuit Court in the amount of $250,000 his entire bond amount.
What makes this even more of a head-scratcher is the check he sent to the Clerk is identical to the type of checks he is accused of trying to pass off in his fraud case.
Moore and a friend, 39 year old David Farr, are facing charges of attempting to purchase $389,792 in vehicles from Volo Classic Cars. The vehicles they attempted to purchase included a 1963 Olds Delta 88, a ’69 Plymouth Road Runner, a ’69 Corvette, and two Chevelles, a ’65 and ’67.
The men state the checks written for the cars and the check sent to the clerk’s office are drawn on their “U.S. Treasury Trust fund Accounts.” They state that the government sets up accounts when citizens are born, secured in gold, to an amount equal to their social security number.
Both men have pled not guilty to fraud and theft charges.
Although this Daily Herald article doesn’t make it clear exactly what the charges are that these men are facing, they could be looking at Financial Institution Fraud, or Illinois’ version of a “bad checks” law.
This offense can carry serious penalties depending on the amount of money that the bank was defrauded or the amount the suspect attempted to defraud the bank of.
For instance, if you pass a bad check that is less than $300, you will face Class A misdemeanor charges and a potential year in jail. If, however, the amount in question is greater than that, the charge is elevated to a felony and the penalty is also increased.
If a suspect defrauds the bank or other institution of more than $100,000, it is considered a Class 1 felony and can carry up to 15 years in prison as well as fines.
Hopefully if you are facing a bad check charge, you aren’t looking at a charge this serious. However, regardless of the amount of the checks, I can help defend you in court.
Call me today so we can discuss your case.