A 35-year-old Washington C.H. man pleaded guilty to forgery on Monday in Fayette County Common Pleas Court and was sentenced to seven months in prison.
Kenneth R. Jackson, 35, of 809 Washington Ave., pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery, both felonies of the fifth degree. Fayette County Common Pleas Court Judge Steven Beathard sentenced Jackson to seven months in prison and ordered him to pay the costs of prosecution. Jackson may also be subject to a three year period of supervision by the Adult Parole Authority after his release. Jackson was awarded 38 days jail-time credit.
According to official Washington Court House Police reports, Jackson stated that he was at the victim’s house on Aug. 23 with the victim’s nephew. Jackson claimed the nephew gave him a blank check from the victim and told Jackson to fill it out as the nephew owed Jackson money, but couldn’t read or write.
The victim found that he was missing a check after he received a call from US Bank in reference to a $200 check made out to Jackson.
Jackson was indicted on Sept. 11 on one count of forgery (spurious), a felony of the fifth degree, and one count of forgery (uttering), a felony of the fifth degree. The first count of forgery stated that on Aug. 25, Jackson “did, with the purpose to defraud, or knowing that he was facilitating a fraud, forge a writing, so that it purported to be genuine when it was not actually authorized.” The second count of forgery stated that on Aug. 25, Jackson “did, with purpose to defraud, or knowing that he was facilitating a fraud, utter, or possess with purpose to utter, a writing when he knew it was a forgery.”
The Court found that Counts One and Two were allied offenses of similar import and merged the two, sentencing Jackson on Count One.
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