A 26-year-old man and a 21-year-old man have been detained in Nebraska for alleged forgery and theft. The 26-year-old man was pulled over by a Grand Island police officer during a routine traffic stop. The officer noticed an alleged odor of marijuana and asked the man for identification. According to police, the man handed the officer a driver’s license issued in the state of Washington. After being questioned, the man admitted that the license actually belonged to his brother.
The man told police he was using the license because his license had previously been suspended. Upon further investigation, it was discovered that the man had used his brother’s identification to open a checking account at the Union Bank and Trust. Upon searching the vehicle, several checks were found that were allegedly forged using the brother’s name. The brother later said that the checks and identification were stolen from him.
In a separate incident, the 21-year-old man was taken into custody after using a check from the same brother’s account to attempt to open a checking and savings account. The 26-year-old man was detained and charged with suspicion of second-degree forgery, criminal impersonation, identity theft, theft by unlawful taking and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device. The 21-year-old man was charged with suspicion of second-degree forgery.
Identification and theft crimes are becoming an increasing concern and are taken very seriously by both police and the court system. It’s important to get the proper representation to ensure that people who are charged with crimes do not have their rights violated during the investigation process. A lawyer can review the case and determine if the detained individual was treated fairly under due process of the law. In this case, the checks and identification were found during a traffic stop. A lawyer could look over the documents to see if the evidence was obtained during a legal search and seizure. If not, the charges may be reduced or the case dropped.