Charge dismissed against Elkins man

A felony charge against a former Randolph County businessman was dismissed and refiled as a misdemeanor complaint Tuesday in Randolph County Magistrate Court.

On Jan. 12 in Charleston, Thomas Hanna Jr., 42, formerly of Elkins, was arrested and charged with one felony count of fraudulent schemes for allegedly writing bad checks to a local rental company. He was also charged with one misdemeanor count of failure to appear for a Nov. 14 hearing on separate worthless check charges.

However, because the amount of money owed to the company, General Rental in Elkins, did not surpass the $1,000 threshold, the felony charge was dismissed and refiled as a misdemeanor fraudulent schemes charge, Randolph County Magistrate Ben Shepler said Wednesday.

During a hearing Tuesday afternoon, Magistrate Rob Elbon modified Hanna’s bond from $15,000 cash only to $2,500 cash only on the failure to appear charge and $5,000 cash or surety on the misdemeanor fraudulent schemes charge, Shepler said.

Hanna had been residing in Charleston prior to his Jan. 12 arrest.

According to a previous report, Hanna was also 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 West Virginia State Police 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.

As of presstime, Hanna remained in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of bond.

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