Local Authorities On Fraud Arrest: What Was He Thinking? - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Local Authorities On Fraud Arrest: What Was He Thinking?

KHQ.COM - On January 12, 2012, Spokane County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 44-year-old man on felony counts of forgery and theft in the 2nd degree after he apparently cashed the check he was issued from the Spokane County Jail for a fraudulent amount.

John P. Oak, who had been arrested for a minor traffic warrant, received the check on January 8th from Spokane County Jail staff when he was released from custody. The $15.00 check issued from a Spokane County Sheriff's account covered the remaining funds in his inmate account.

On January 11th as the jail financial staff reconciled accounts, they noticed the original $15 check issued to Oak had been changed and cashed for $3,042.21. Reportedly when Oak cashed the check, he received approximately $1000.00 in cash and deposited the remaining amount in his personal account. 

On January 12th, Deputy Jeremy Jeske was notified by dispatch, Oak was currently at the Banner Bank in Rockford attempting to withdraw more cash from his account.  Oak was denied funds and left the location in a vehicle. 

As Deputy Jeske was responding to the call, he observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle as it traveled north on Hwy. 27. 

He conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and identified Oak as one of the passengers.  Oak was arrested and once again transported to the Spokane County Jail where he was book on the new felony charges.

Two other passengers in the vehicle, John M. Hamilton, 49  and Amanda M. Powers, 28 were arrested and booked on outstanding warrants.  The driver of the vehicle was released shortly after the traffic stop and was not charged.

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