Elkins man accused of forgery, uttering

An Elkins insurance salesman accused of defrauding three people – at least two of whom were his customers – is free on bond.

Officers with the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police recently filed three different criminal complaints against Jeremy Scott Davis, 33, for forgery and uttering. Davis, who was arrested Friday and then again Tuesday, is charged with a total of three felony counts of forgery and three felony counts of uttering.

According to a criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by Trooper A.N. Alton, the officer received a complaint from Elizabeth Harper, who said she had purchased an insurance policy from Davis in August 2012 with a check in the amount of $36.60.

Harper said her bank statement reflected that the same check had been used at Speedway in Elkins on Jan. 29, 2013, but this time for a transaction of $61.43. Alton obtained video surveillance of the incident and a receipt that Davis allegedly signed authorizing Speedway to convert Harper’s check to an electronic funds transfer and debit her account for $61.43.

“The transaction was completed on January 29, 2013 at which time (Davis) uttered the signature to be that of the owner of (Harper’s) checking account,” Alton wrote in the report.

“He has his own insurance company and this lady bought insurance off him with that check,” Alton explained to The Inter-Mountain Tuesday. “Basically he took a check from somebody and passed it electronically at a gas station and got caught.”

Trooper 1st Class J.R. Wince filed a similar complaint in the magistrate clerk’s office on Friday. The complaint alleges that Patricia Sago purchased an insurance policy from Davis sometime in October 2012 and gave him a blank check “for him to arrange payments on the policy she purchased through United of Omaha Life Insurance Company.”

On Jan. 27, 2013, Davis allegedly used the same blank check as an electronic check at Speedway, and signed a receipt authorizing the gas station to debit Sago’s account in the amount of $94.55.

A third criminal complaint, also filed on Tuesday, alleges that Davis used a Huntington Bank account check he somehow obtained from the account’s owners, Pamela Hammond and her mother Mary Moore, to try to make a purchase at the Par Mar Store, located at the intersection of Chenoweth Creek Road and U.S. 219. However, the account connected to the check had insufficient funds. In the complaint, Senior Trooper S.E. Hevener, the investigating officer, notes that Hammond’s mother, Mary Moore, passed away the same day Davis attempted to pass the check.

Hevener’s investigation revealed that someone had written “Par Mar” over the word “VOID” on the check, the complaint states.

Davis is free on a $500 cash-only bond.

The penalty for a conviction of one count of forgery or one count of uttering, both felonies, is confinement in the state penitentiary for one to 10 years, or in the discretion of the court, confinement in regional jail for up to one year and a fine of up to $500.

Contact Katie Kuba by email at kkuba@theintermountain.com.