Two out-of-state men were charged Wednesday with trying to cash a fraudulent check in a Reidland bank.
McCracken County Sheriff's deputies went to the Reidland Road branch of Paducah Bank Friday in reference to someone trying to cash a fraudulent check. Detectives and deputies saw John Marvin Winchester Jr., 46, of Chestertown, Maryland, inside the bank waiting for the check to be processed.
The check that Winchester was trying to cash was made to a local Paducah area business. It was learned that another person went into the bank earlier in the day and cashed a check made out to the account of the same business as Winchester's check.
Working with bank officials, police believe the checks were fraudulently created to appear to have been issued by the local Paducah business. Winchester was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Detectives learned Winchester and another man had traveled to Paducah from Atlanta on Aug. 8. On Wednesday, detectives were able to confirm the identity of the second suspect as Neal Kimes, 54, of Atlanta. An arrest warrant for Kimes was issued, charging him with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft by deception (more than $500 but less than $10,000).
Winchester is being held at McCracken County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond. Law enforcement officials are still seeking Kimes.