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Three men indicted in series of false checks

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By The Staff

SHEPHERDSVILLE - Three men have been indicted after allegedly passing counterfeit employment checks in early August.

The Bullitt County Grand Jury has indicted David T. Brown, David E. Gotting and Michael D. Truax.

The men were involved in a series of counterfeit check writings using the name of Do It All Floor and Wall Covering.

The checks were written to C.F.’s Daily Stop on Hillview Boulevard, Brooks Liquors and Bullitt County Supermarket on Highway 245.

The Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department and the Hillview Police Department worked on the case.

The big break came when Hillview police received a call from the convenience store about someone writing a counterfeit check. Officers were able to respond quickly and arrested two individuals. A search of the vehicle found more blank checks.

The following individuals were indicted:

*David E. Gotting - charged with seven counts of complicity to criminal possession of a forged instrument and seven misdemeanor counts of complicity to theft by deception under $500.

The most serious are Class D felonies punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

*David T. Brown - charged with 20 counts of complicity to criminal possession of a forged instrument, two counts of complicity to criminal possession of a forged instrument, 20 counts of the misdemeanor complicity to theft by deception under $500 and for being a persistent felony offender.

The Class D felonies are punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

However, due to conviction in 2008 for cultivation of marijuana, Brown could have any sentenced enhanced.

*Michael D. Truax - charged with single counts of complicity to criminal possession of a forged instrument, attempted complicity to criminal possession of a forged instrument, misdemeanor complicity to theft by deception under $500, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and being a persistent felony offender.

The Class D felony could be enhanced due to a past conviction in 2007 for possession of a controlled substance.

The alleged offenses occurred from Aug. 3-10 in Bullitt County and amounted to over $4,000 in counterfeit checks.

According to investigators Danny Cook of Hillview and Scotty McGaha of the sheriff’s department, Brown would have the fake checks cashed by other individuals. They would keep a portion of the money and the rest would go to Brown.

McGaha felt that the money was needed to feed drug habits.

An indictment does not mean guilt or innocence. It only means that at least nine of the 12 grand jurors felt there was enough evidence to move forward with a criminal trial.