Bidwell man charged with theft, forgery

Amber Gillenwater

January 8, 2014

GALLIPOLIS — A Gallia County man alleged to have stolen over $1,000 by forging several stolen checks last year has been arraigned in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County.

David A. White, Jr., 33, Bidwell, pleaded not guilty to one count of theft and six counts of forgery during a hearing held last week in the common pleas court.

White is accused of stealing $1,056.50 from the victim between August 18 and August 23, 2013, by forging six separate checks of various amounts from $130 to $328.

According to the police report filed with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, an investigation in this case began after the victim reported that checks had been stolen from his home and that six of the stolen checks had been forged, written out to David White and cashed over a period of time in late August.

White, an acquaintance of the victim, may have entered the victim’s house, the victim reported to investigators, with the victim’s former stepdaughter and taken his checkbook that was located in the bedroom of the residence.

An indictment in this case was filed on December 5 and a warrant was issued for White’s arrest.

The defendant was arrested on December 30, and, during his arraignment hearing on January 2, White’s bond was set at $35,000, own recognizance.

He was further ordered to have no contact with the victim in this case.

A jury trial has been scheduled for May 5. A negotiated plea agreement may be filed on April 4.