A Gamaliel man was sentenced to five years in prison after changing his plea to guilty on forgery and theft charges during a session of Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday.
Thirty-three-year-old Jeremiah Wainscott was accused of participating in forging and passing -- or attempting to pass -- stolen checks.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Wainscott and others obtained the checks sometime in mid-December 2017.
They were able to cash one of the stolen checks at a liquor store in Baxter County. They attempted to cash another check at the same store, but were turned down.
Wainscott and his codefendants talked an unsuspecting friend into going to his bank and depositing a $350 forged check into the man's account. The friend then withdrew the money from an ATM and gave it to Wainscott.
There was an attempt to use the friend to repeat the same procedure, but the man's bank rejected the transaction.
Wainscott is in the Baxter County jail awaiting bed space to open in the state prison system.
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