Businessman facing fraudulent scheme charges

More than four months after a Randolph County magistrate issued a warrant for his arrest, a former Elkins businessman was picked up this weekend in Charleston for allegedly writing bad checks to an Elkins rental company.

The Charleston Police Department arrested Thomas Hanna Jr., 42, formerly of Elkins, on Saturday on one felony count of fraudulent schemes and one misdemeanor count of failure to appear. Hanna has been residing in Charleston.

Kanawha County Magistrate Julie Yeager set bond at $15,000 cash only, and Hanna remained in the South Central Regional Jail as of presstime.

Randolph County Magistrate George “Mike” Riggleman issued a warrant for Hanna’s arrest Aug. 28, 2012, according to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk’s Office. The document, filed by Cpl. K.A. Corley with the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police, states that Hanna rented four items from General Rental in Elkins on July 4, 2012.

However, despite signing a rental contract acknowledging he was aware of his responsibility for returning the items in a timely manner, Hanna had failed to return the items for 55 days past their due date at the time Corley filed the Aug. 28, 2012 complaint. Including tax, Hanna had racked up $1,865 in late fees, the complaint states. Moreover, in order to secure the items, Hanna had written a check on July 4, 2012 on a Huntington Bank personal checking account that had been closed since March 19, 2010, Corley noted.

A co-owner of General Rentals in Elkins told The Inter-Mountain Monday that Hanna had rented a wheelbarrow, a weed eater, a pruning saw, a hand dolly and several gas cans on July 4, 2012. The spokesman said the items had been returned to General Rentals.

According to records in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk’s Office, Hanna had been scheduled to appear for a hearing Nov. 14 on separate worthless check charges, but failed to do so. At that time, a failure-to-appear warrant was issued.

According to a previous report, Hanna was arrested Aug. 7 for writing $9,000 worth of worthless checks to Appalachian Animal Shelter, Cupp’s Furniture and the Hampton Inn. At the time, Sgt. G.L. Stalnaker with the Elkins detachment of the WVSP told The Inter-Mountain that Hanna had been charged with one felony count of writing a worthless check, one felony count of obtaining services under false pretenses and two misdemeanor counts of writing worthless checks.