Man pleads innocent to buying truck with bad checks

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldNovember 19, 2013 

A 34-year-old man pleaded innocent Tuesday to allegations he bought a truck from a Pasco dealership using almost $4,000 in bad checks.

Jason C. Taylor wrote three checks to Inca Auto Sales on a bank account that was closed the same day he opened it because he reportedly used a fraudulent check for his initial deposit, court documents said.

There was no attempted activity on that closed account for eight months until Taylor wrote 11 different checks for more than $40,000, including the three payments to Inca, said the documents, filed in Franklin County Superior Court.

The Walla Walla man went to the 1205 S. 10th Ave. lot on March 5 and signed an agreement with Inca Auto Sales to buy a 2009 Ford pickup.

Taylor used his Washington driver's license as identification. He wrote a check to Inca for $800 on March 6 and returned a couple days later to hand over two post-dated checks for March 11, one in the amount of $150 and the other for $3,000, court documents said.

Before an Inca employee went to deposit the checks March 11, he got word from the dealership's bank that Taylor's first check had been returned because it was a closed account, documents said.

Pasco police were notified of the alleged fraud March 16. Detective Sean Granger got a search warrant for Taylor's bank records and discovered that he'd opened that account on July 13, 2012, with two deposits, including a check for $1,626.23.

That same day, the bank reportedly learned the deposited check was bad and immediately closed Taylor's new account. It wasn't until March 5 that the first checks were written on that closed account.

Taylor is charged with one count of first-degree theft. His trial is scheduled Jan. 8.

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