The Commerce Police Department announced the arrests last week of four individuals on forgery charges stemming from incidents earlier in the year.
•Joshua Kendall Pilgrim, 38, 1221 White Oak Drive, Athens. On April 15 he paid for merchandise at Cody Fuels with a $489.98 check from “claims management” and got cash back. According to the original incident report, he presented identification, including a Social Security card, but the check was later returned to the store as “altered or fictitious.”
•Daniel Edmund Silvers, 47, 1172 Otis Drive, Bethlehem. He allegedly cashed a stolen check for $325 at Cody Fuels. When police questioned him, he claimed that someone asked him to cash the check for them — and he did not know who the person was, nor did he know the check was stolen.
•Christopher W. Taflinger, 38, 156 Old Ginn Road, Commerce, who apparently attempted to cash a stolen business check at JD’s Tobacco Town. That was foiled when a clerk realized that the signature on the check was not similar to the signature on other checks from the same firm cashed at the store.
•Jessica Lynn Henderson, 33, 2365 Diamond Hill Neese Road, Hull, charged with attempting to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at the Atlanta Union Mission store on South Broad Street. A clerk noted that the bill felt odd, used a marking pen to determine it was fraudulent and kept the bill for police. Since the suspect had been in the store before, she was able to give police a name and address.