Authorities say a Locust Grove man already facing felony drug-related charges is now accused of cashing a forged check from an account belonging to a woman and her late husband.
Tahlequah Police Capt. Steve Young said J. Allen Sitsler, 30, cashed a $1,500 check at BancFirst on Feb. 9.
Sitsler used his driver’s license for identification, then opened a checking account with the bank.
Later that same day, Sitsler allegedly tried to cash a check from the account of a woman and her late husband at another BancFirst branch. Sitsler’s identification was confirmed, but tellers noticed the signature on the check did not match their records, so they refused to cash the check and instead held it.
When the victim was contacted, she confirmed to officials that her husband had died, and that she did not sign the check.
According to Young, Sitsler was jailed on an unrelated charge and booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center on March 1. Young approached Sitsler about the fraud allegations, but Sitsler would only verify his identification before he requested an attorney, according to Young.
Court records show Sitsler was charged last week with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He could now face two counts of uttering a forged instrument, Young said.
Booking records show the U.S. Marshal Service has also placed a hold on Sitsler at CCDC, as have authorities in another Oklahoma county.