The former president of a failed Ogden bank and defunct thrift institution faces a felony charge in 2nd District Court of writing a bad check for $4,000.

Gary S. Harris, 59, was bound over to district court on the second-degree felony by Layton 2nd Circuit Judge Roger Bean after a preliminary hearing in October.According to testimony at the preliminary hearing, Harris wrote a $4,000 check to a North Ogden landscaping firm for work done at his home in Layton in September 1989.

The check was returned for insufficient funds and further attempts to cash it revealed the account it was written on was closed, according to court testimony.

Writing an insufficient funds check for an amount over $1,000 is a second-degree felony, which carries a prison term of one to 15 years and fine of up to $10,000.

Harris is the former president of Citizens Bank of Ogden and Charter Thrift and Loan. Both institutions failed and Harris has been targeted with civil lawsuits in the wake of their closing.

He faces judgments of more than $2 million in connection with the two financial institutions, in addition to other business ventures that have failed.