A felony charging a former Ogden bank executive with writing a bad check for $4,000 was dismissed during a pre-trial hearing Tuesday in 2nd District Court.
Gary S. Harris, 59, Layton, was scheduled for trial Feb. 21 on the charge, a second-degree felony. The check was written in September 1989.Prosecutor Carvel Harward said Harris has paid off the $4,000 debt for work done on his Layton home by a North Ogden landscape contractor. The contractor, a former friend, does not want the case prosecuted, Harward told Judge Douglas L Cornaby.
There is also a legal question involved because the check was postdated, Harward said, a question that prompted 2nd Circuit Judge K. Roger Bean to hold the case for several weeks after a preliminary hearing before deciding to bind Harris over to district court for trial.
Cornaby agreed and dismissed the charge, which carries a prison term of one to 15 years and fine of up to $10,000.
Harris is former president of the defunct Citizens Bank of Ogden and Charter Thrift and Loan. Both institutions have failed and Harris now faces civil judgments totaling nearly $2 million, according to court records.