Mississippi man charged with cashing bogus state government checks
Published 1:33 pm Wednesday, April 24, 2019
A Jackson man is charged with cashing counterfeit Mississippi state government checks.
State Auditor Shad White said Wednesday in a statement that 36-year-old Gregory Deante McCarty had been forging state payroll and income tax refund checks since at least 2014. White says a state Department of Finance & Administration analyst noted counterfeit checks cashed across the Jackson area.
McCarty was indicted last week on one count of false pretense by Rankin County grand jurors for trying to cash a $764.43 check in January. He was arrested Monday by agents for the auditor’s office. He’s charged as a habitual offender in an indictment citing two bad check convictions from 2009, and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
McCarty remains jailed and it’s unclear if he has a lawyer.