2 Yakima men accused of writing bad checks

Kristin Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldApril 3, 2014 

Two Yakima men are accused of writing checks for more than $1,000 to a Kennewick golf shop, knowing the accounts didn't have money to cover them.

Matthew M. John, 23, and Steven J. John, 21, both are charged with one count of unlawful issuance of bank checks or drafts.

Matthew John pleaded innocent Wednesday and has trial set for June 23. He is out on his personal recognizance.

Steven John skipped his court appearance Wednesday and a no-bail warrant was issued. He was not in custody in the Benton County jail as of Thursday.

According to court documents, the Johns went into Golf Universe on West Clearwater Avenue on Jan. 10, 2013.

Matthew John bought $1,213 in merchandise with a check from a U.S. Bank account. Steven John spent $1,176, using a check from a separate U.S. Bank account.

The checks were returned by the bank to the store because the accounts were "Frozen/Blocked," documents said.

That's when store officials discovered that the Johns reportedly gave bad driver's license numbers and telephone number.

-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 582-1531; kkraemer@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer

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