A Wyoming student charged with writing about $100,000 in bad checks in another man's name has pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree forgery.
University of Wyoming student Charles David Schiers entered the negotiated plea Friday in 2nd District Court. In exchange, the Weber County attorney's office agreed not to file several other forgery charges against him.Police said Schiers, 23, assumed the identity of northern Utah resident Timothy Porter by getting an Idaho driver's license in that name and then opening checking accounts in Porter's name or under Porter Lighting.
He was arrested on Oct. 30 in Laramie, Wyo.
About $60,000 worth of goods, many still in their packing boxes, were recovered from Schiers' mobile home in Laramie, Wyo., where he had been attending the university, Ogden police said.
Property recovered included water skis, sporting goods, scuba diving gear, power tools, cabinets and other home improvement items.
The Weber County charges filed against Schiers stemmed from a fraudulent $974.60 check to Sears in Ogden and two checks totaling $3,356.53 to J.C. Penney Co. Inc., all on July 21.
At Schiers' preliminary hearing last month, police said an additional 10 felony forgery warrants were pending in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Bountiful, Pocatello and Idaho Falls.
Deputy Weber County Attorney Gary Heward said charges may be filed against Schiers in California and Nebraska as well as Cache and Box Elder counties.
"This is the first county where he's pleaded guilty," Heward told Judge Ronald Hyde, who set sentencing for Jan. 11.
Heward said the Porter family "is not out one dime. But there may be some banks who are out a lot of money."