Thursday, October 21, 2010
County account hit with check forgery
By SUE WATSON
One of the bank accounts held by Marshall County took a hit from an individual who married the account and routing number with an innocent victim’s identity and cashed two checks - both in stores in the Memphis/Germantown area.
The total charged in the forgery to the county’s account came to about $200, according to chancery clerk Chuck Thomas. One check was used for a purchase at a Kroger store and the other at a Walgreens, he said.
Thomas said his clerks caught the forged checks quickly and the outstanding checks on the account are being cleared by hand at First State Bank to assure no more fraudulent checks are cleared through the account. Sheriff’s investigators are working on the incident. The losses from the fraudulent checks are covered by bank insurance, so the county is protected, he said.
“We appreciate the timely and professional way that the sheriff’s department undertook this investigation and the speedy manner in which it was handled,” Thomas said.
Supervisors discussed the matter at last week’s meeting while revisiting some old business that has not yet been settled, including:
• dealing with loose pigs in a subdivision in District 3. Zoning director Conway Moore said a resident has pigs and horses and other animals but the pigs have been on the loose and rooting up neighbors’ lawns. Supervisors authorized attorney Kent Smith to ask the court for a temporary restraining order that would force the livestock owner to keep his pigs penned.
The problem has been ongoing for several months, according to supervisor Keith Taylor.
• discussed sewage problems in District 2. Moore said a resident has removed a leaking hot water tank but that has not solved the problem of sewage spilling from old lines in a sewage treatment system installed in a subdivision on the south side of Highway 72.
Residents are getting impatient with the problem of sewage leaks in their neighborhood, but supervisors are working diligently to get funding to provide sewage service to the subdivisions. Smith said construction on the sewage system could begin in the spring if funding is found for the project this fall.
“We are encouraging them to be patient and they can put up levies,” he said.
Some residents had dumped loads of dirt to keep sewage from running into their yards.
• learned from IDA director Bill Mobley that some burning of trash on property on Quality Drive in the Chickasaw Trails Industrial Park involved trash that was being brought in from Tennessee. The individuals were warned not to continue the activity.
Construction of Mt. Carmel Road in the industrial park is about complete, Mobley said.
“They have done a ton of work and it is coming along real good,” he said. “We hope to have it paved by Thanksgiving.”
• approved a permit for AT&T to work on county right-of-way on South Red Banks Road. The board also authorized waiving a permit fee for AT&T to work in Mt. Pleasant.
• heard county engineer Larry Britt reassure supervisors that the redistricting plan and process will be faced once the population distribution data from the U.S. Census Bureau is available for Marshall County.
Britt’s company helped draw up the redistricting plan for the county in 1991, he said.
• discussed programming Old Highway 4 West for road improvements. Britt said the LSRP system may have money to help rehabilitate the road. If bridge work is included, the project would have to be put under State Aid and much more money would have to be found to do the work because of state specifications, he said.
• planned for fall clean-up. The board may schedule one clean-up period or split the clean-up into two time periods, one near Halloween and the other around the New Year, said Larry Hall. The cost to rent roll-off dumpsters was a concern.
• approved just over $209,000 in claims.
• heard a report from the sheriff’s department on the need to sell 14 surplus vehicles with high mileage. Six seized vehicles are also for sale. Supervisors discussed carrying the vehicles to an auction in the Delta where there will be more buyers and the cars will bring more money.
Speaking on behalf of Sheriff Kenny Dickerson, Jimmy Warren said, “We are appreciative of what the board has done. We are trying to keep all our people in good cars. We are building the fleet up. We don’t know where we would be without grant money. The sheriff has put in place good policy and good administrative practice out there.”
• learned from Hall that an intense search for funds for the sewer extension project to Cayce Road/Highway 72 mobile home parks is being pursued with Rural Development and the Department of Environmental Quality.
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