A Kennewick man who allegedly kept some checks he found in a repossessed car is charged with filling them out and asking acquaintances to cash the checks for a small cut.
Seryxai Ben Phongsavath, 20, pleaded innocent in Benton County Superior Court to three counts of forgery.
Phongsavath gave a $300 check to a man on Nov. 2, 2012, and asked him to cash it, according to court documents. The check was taken to a Tri-City credit union and cashed, then Phongsavath gave the man $60 of the money.
He allegedly asked the same man to do it again Nov. 5, handing him a $320 check and giving him $60 for his services.
Phongsavath asked someone else Nov. 10 to cash a $240 check and gave him a small percentage in return, court documents said.
All of the checks were in the name of another Tri-City man.
When contacted by police, Phongsavath admitted that he found the checks in a car he had repossessed, documents said.
Phongsavath's trial is set to start Dec. 9.
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