A University of Wyoming student has been ordered to stand trial on charges he used an assumed name to write bad checks totaling about $100,000.
Charles David Schiers, 23, is set to appear Nov. 16 in 2nd District Court on two charges of forgery. He waived a preliminary hearing on Thursday.Police believe Schiers assumed the identity of northern Utah resident Timothy Porter by obtaining an Idaho driver's license in Porter's name. Schiers then allegedly opened checking accounts under the same name, or that of Porter Lighting, and wrote checks on the account.
About $60,000 worth of goods, many unopened, were recovered from Schiers' mobile home in Laramie, Wyo., said Ogden Police Detective Christopher Zimmerman.
"This is the most significant property crime case, with the exception of embezzlement, I have seen," said Deputy Weber County Attorney Gary Heward.
The charges allege Schiers wrote a fraudulent $974.60 check to Sears in Ogden on July 21, and two checks totaling $3,356.53 to J.C. Penney Co. on the same date.
There also were 10 felony forgery warrants for Schiers in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Bountiful, Pocatello and Idaho Falls, Zimmerman said.
Police located Schiers after a story about the forged checks and a picture of the suspected forger appeared on a Utah Crime Solvers television spot.
A spokesman for Crime Solvers said two people in Jackson Hole, Wyo., recognized the man and called authorities.
"If it wasn't for Crime Solvers, I don't think we could have got this guy," Zimmerman said. "He has no connections to Utah."
Zimmerman said Schiers once worked in Jackson Hole.
Schiers was arrested Oct. 30 in Laramie.
Among the property recovered were water skis, sporting goods, a toilet, a shower, scuba diving gear, power tools, cabinets and other home improvement items.