by Valerie Verkamp
A man who allegedly presented three fraudulent checks at various bank locations throughout Platte County on Friday is now in custody.
The Platte County Prosecutor's Office charged Lloyd G. Dotson of Kansas City with three counts of forgery.
Court documents allege Dotson, 50, presented a teller inside of the Platte Valley Bank located at 2400 NW Prairie View Road in Platte City with a check in the amount of $4,109.26. Dotson told the teller he wished to cash the check, which appeared to be issued by a company with the name of L.G. Homes.
The teller had cause to believe the check was fraudulent, since the routing number on the bottom of the check did not correctly match the Platte Valley Bank's established routing number.
Authorities placed Dotson under arrest for forging a check. Once the defendant was in custody, authorities discovered that Dotson had successfully cashed two forged checks at two other branches earlier in the day.
Dotson allegedly cashed a forged check written for the amount of $1,985.23 at the Platte Valley Bank located at 8401 NW 45 Highway in Parkville. He also cashed an allegedly forged check in the amount of $2,634.78 at a branch located at 6324 NW Barry Road in Kansas City.
Court records indicate the suspect confessed to cashing the forged checks while in custody at the Platte County Detention Center after his Miranda rights were read to him.
Carl Mitchell, chief of police, said “This is another example of the cooperation shared between the Platte City Police Department and the Platte County Sheriff's Department. The responding police officer and sheriff's deputies did an exceptional job, as did the follow-up by the investigators.”
Dotson is being held in the Platte County Detention Center on a $20,000 cash-only bond. The suspect is seeking legal representation from the public defender's office.
Dotson is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 9 a.m.