The owner of P & P Grading was arrested on Monday for allegedly passing a worthless check. Adam Franklin Payne, 36, allegedly forged a check valued at $9,945.98 in an effort to pay off a financial lien on his business, according to the arrest report.
Tazewell Police Detective Cpl. Jeremy Myers states in his report that Payne, of Tazewell, allegedly wrote the worthless check to settle a bill issued by Walker Trucking, Inc. of New Market.
The report states that representatives of the trucking company first contacted Myers on March 3 about the alleged forgery, which they claim dates back to Nov. 15.
Payne was arrested a month ago on a similar forgery charge originating in Campbell County. That check, valued at $5,467.02, was allegedly written by an employee on behalf of Payne to satisfy an overdue bill for an Oct. 18 fuel delivery from Rice Oil Company.
The former P & P Grading employee, who actually drafted the worthless check, said he had done so “at the direction of Mr. Payne and was unaware of the insufficient funds,” according to the Affidavit of Complaint, also written by Det. Cpl. Myers.
The Affidavit also states that the attorney for Rice Oil said he had attempted to contact Payne and had “sought payment in every legal way.”
The latest charge is for passing a worthless check over $2,500.
Both charges are felonies, under the law.
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