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Fifth person charged in counterfeit check scheme

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By The Staff

HILLVIEW - Five individuals have been arrested and the police are searching for another man of interest.

The individuals are charged for their roles in allegedly writing and passing counterfeit employment checks under the name of Do It All Floor and Wall Covering.

According to Det. Scotty McGaha of the Bullitt County Sheriff's Department, the agency got a call on Monday from Bullitt County Supermarket on Highway 245 about nine counterfeit checks returned for over $2,000.

The suspects tried to cash more when they were detained.

About the same time, Det. Danny Cook of the Hillview Police Department said his agency got a call from CK's Daily Stop on Hillview Boulevard about suspects trying to pass counterfeit checks. Checks were also passed at Brooks Liquor on Brooks Hill Road at Interstate 65.

About 20 counterfeit checks were cashed at the convenience store on Hillview Boulevard, according to Cook. When the 911 call came in, Cook said Hillview police arrested two of the individuals. In a search of the vehicle, police found more blank checks, drug paraphernalia and a substance that could be heroin.

During interviews, the individuals said David T. Brown, 40, of Louisville, gave the fake checks written on accounts with PNC and National City to individuals to cash. He would keep half the money and the individuals would keep the rest.

McGaha said all seemed to have drug habits to feed.

Those charged include:

*David T. Brown, 40, of Louisville, charged by both the sheriff's department and Hillview police with criminal possession of a forged instrument. He could face additional charges as Louisville Metro Police and the U.S. Secret Service searched his home on Tuesday and found blank and torn up checks.

*Marc Kenneth Lochner, 21, of Louisville, charged with five counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument by Hillview and another count by the county.

*Jeanie Corine Washer, 22, of Louisville, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

*Michael D. Truax, 29, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

All are housed in the Bullitt County Detention Center after entering not guilty pleas.

McGaha and Cook believe there are many more checks which have not yet surfaced.

On Tuesday evening, a fifth individual, David Gotting, 28, turned himself into authorities.

He is being charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument.

McGaha said Gotting admitted to passing 11 checks in excess of $3,000.

Police are also wanting to talk with Jonathan Michael Mullvaney, 24, of Shepherdsville. No charges have been filed but McGaha said authorities would like to talk with the man.