A woman facing multiple forgery charges wrote stolen checks using her own ID number, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department said.
Lisa Marie Barnett, 33, of 590 Mill Creek Road, Falkville, faces one count of fraudulent use of a credit card and four counts of second-degree forgery. She was being held in Morgan County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Sgt. Terry Kelly said the forged check and credit card cases came together after Falkville police picked up Barnett on Monday for allegedly passing a check at the Mr. Quick store on U.S. 31.
“She put her own ID number down on the check. She had to, because everybody knew her down at the store,” Kelly said.
The check and a credit card were taken in late November during a series of burglaries to a residence on Old. U.S. 31 in Falkville.
The theft was not discovered until the victim received her credit card bill.
Barnett used the credit card at Academy Sports and twice at Office Depot, Kelly said.
The checks used in other cases were taken from a vehicle, he said.
Jenny Hudgins said she and her husband, David Cheatham of Vinemont, loaned a car to Barnett’s mother without knowing a book of checks from a closed account was in the trunk.
“We thought we had burned them all, and I guess there was a book left in there somewhere or maybe they fell out of a box,” Hudgins said.
The day before Thanksgiving, her husband went to the bank and found out multiple checks had been written on the account since July.
Spending the next few days worrying whether warrants had been issued for Cheatham “ruined our whole holiday,” Hudgins said.
Hudgins said checks written to Lowe’s, Joe Wheeler Electric Membership Corp., Fred’s and Wal-Mart in Hartselle and others written in Cullman County totaled nearly $5,000.
“She signed her own name on the checks. My first thought was somebody was using her name, but she confessed to me,” Hudgins said.
“She and I grew up together since we were like 2 years old. It broke my heart. You don’t know if you should be mad or hurt.”
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