Bad check writer jailed

Published 12:23 am Thursday, March 21, 2013

One of the three people wanted for writing more than $20,000 in bad checks earlier this month is behind bards; however, time is running out for others who may face a similar fate after a list of outstanding bad check warrants is published in the county’s three newspapers.

Anquinton Stovall was taken into custody when he appeared in Montgomery City Court Tuesday on two negotiating a worthless check warrants. He, along with Demeterie Peralta Watkins and Chante Monique McCloud, allegedly purchased building supplies lighting and furniture in Andalusia, Luverne and Dothan areas.

Stovall owed a total of $9,748.18, plus fines and restitution. He was booked into the Covington County Jail and held on a $40,000 cash bond.

Stovall was among the county’s top 11 most wanted bad check writers. DA Investigator Lamar Stokes said the first arrest from the list was made on March 8 when Steven Hodges was arrested by Covington County Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Adams. Hodges, who was wanted on five bad check warrants, owed $132.42, plus fines and restitution. He was release on bond, and a court date was set.

Stokes said the DA’s office is still currently looking for the others who were in Covington County writing bad checks that totaled $30,000. The Worthless Check Unit has some leads and hope to make an arrest soon in these cases.

The office will publish the list of outstanding bad check warrants beginning Sat., March 30, in each of the county’s three news papers.

The warrants date back to the early 1990s, and those who are concerned they might be on the list and who would like to take care of the outstanding checks before the names are published can call the district attorney’s office at 334.222.2513.