A Wyoming man who police say wrote more than $100,000 in bad checks along the Wasatch Front last summer has pleaded guilty to a single third-degree felony charge in 2nd District Court.
Charles D. Schiers, 23, currently in the Utah State Prison, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a reduced count of theft by deception in return for having a second charge dismissed. He also agreed to pay full restitution, prosecutors said.Schiers wrote a check on a fictitious account for more than $1,400 worth of merchandise to the J.C. Penney store in Bountiful last July, prosecutors said.
It was one of several checks he wrote after obtaining an false Idaho driver's license and opening a checking account, using the name of Porter Lighting and Timothy Porter.
He used the accounts to obtain merchandise and was refurbishing his mobile home in Laramie, Wyo., where he was attending the University of Wyoming.
Law enforcement officials in Davis, Salt Lake, Weber, and Utah counties in addition to Idaho were looking for Schiers for several months last summer. He was identified by former co-workers in Jackson, Wyo., who saw a photo from the fake driver's license on a television crime-stopper feature, leading to his Oct. 30 arrest.
Schiers pleaded guilty in Weber County to one count of issuing a bad check and is serving a term in the state prison.
He initially pleaded not guilty to the two second-degree felony counts in Davis County as was scheduled for trial Wednesday. In a pre-trial hearing Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to a reduced third-degree felony.
Judge Rodney S. Page scheduled sentencing for March 12. Schiers faces an additional zero to five years in prison on the charge.