An Akron man’s attempt to cash a forged $5,500 rebate check from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation was thwarted by an alert clerk at a local check-cashing business, according to the bureau.
A Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge sentenced the man, Keith A. Galloway, 45, to one year in prison last month after pleading guilty to forgery, a fifth-degree felony, the bureau said in a news release Friday.
Jim Wernecke, director of the bureau’s special investigations department, said in the release that the clerk could tell the man added his name to the check and he wasn’t the rightful owner. The rebate check belonged to a church-owned daycare center.
The clerk didn’t simply turn the man away, Wernecke said. Instead, she took his picture, photographed his driver’s license and had him fill out an application. Then she confiscated the check and refused to cash it, Wernecke said.
Galloway attempted to cash the rebate check in July 2017. The check was part of BWC’s $1 billion rebate to Ohio employers that year, the bureau said.