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Man accused of trying to cash stolen check

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A Washington man who tried to cash a stolen check for himself and two people whose names he said he didn’t know was arrested Monday in Stafford, police said.

County Sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy said Deputy Rinaldy Mervil went to the Navy Federal Credit Union at 308 Worth Ave. in Garrisonville about 5:30 p.m. for a reported forgery in progress. A supervisor informed Mervil that a man was at the window trying to cash a stolen check for more than $1,200.

Credit union employees had already called the account holder and learned that the check had been stolen almost a week earlier in Spotsylvania County.

During an interview with Mervil, the suspect said he didn’t know the check was stolen and that he had gotten it from a man whom he knew only by a first name, Kennedy said.

He supposedly had met the man about a month ago and ran into him again on Friday. The suspect told Mervil he was told to cash the check Monday.

The money was then supposed to be split three ways, though the man said he did not know who the third beneficiary would be.

Kennedy said the man was also unable to explain why he had come from Washington to Stafford and said he wasn’t sure who had dropped him off or when they were coming to pick him up.

Phillip Roland Pugh II, 31, was charged with forgery, possession of stolen property, attempting to obtain money by false pretenses and passing a forged check. He was also charged with possession of illegal drugs after an illegal substance was found on him at the Rappahannock Regional Jail, Kennedy said.

Pugh is being held under no bond.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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