Houtzdale man accused of forging checks

CLEARFIELD — A Houtz­dale man will stand trial for forgery.

Tanner Lee Merryman, 26, was charged with forgery, theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and receiving stolen property after an investigation by state police at Clearfield.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, in Septem­ber, the victim reported that several of his checks had been taken and used without his permission. He told investigators he had not reached the numbers of the checks used in his checkbook yet.

The bank’s records showed four unauthorized checks totaling $2,052.20 were used between Aug. 28 and Sept. 1.

One of the checks, for $32.20, had been rejected by the bank. Officers were able to obtain surveillance video footage of the transaction from a Curwensville convenience store. It showed Merry­man allegedly presenting the check to the cashier.

When the cashier was in­ter­viewed by police, she remembered that he asked if he could make out a check before writing it out. She did not ask for his identification. She said she saw him sign the check and purchase four packs of cigarettes.

Merryman waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Clearfield County court. He is in county jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.