Rubber check prompts policy change

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Marshall County sold one of its old ambulances last year to a North Carolina man who's now in jail here awaiting grand jury action on charges of theft, fraud and passing a worthless check.

Grand jurors meet today.

While bounced checks are nothing new in Marshall County, this case has had a larger effect. It prompted a change in county officials' policy on what they will accept from people who are buying surplus property over the Internet.

Marshall County won't honor a bank's letter of credit like the one used to vouch for a check written when the ambulance was sold through the web site That's because the letter was allegedly forged.

See Wednesday's Tribune for the complete story.