KNOXVILLE — A Harvey man has been charged forgery, a class D felony, in a December incident in which he allegedly forged a signature on a stolen social security check, then used the victim’s debit card to spend money from her bank account.
Justin Dean Vermeer, 27, forged the victim’s name on a check for $735 on Dec. 2 and deposited it into the victim’s account, according to court documents. He then used her debit card in a series of purchases in Knoxville and Pella in December, court documents said.
Vermeer also was charged with fourth-degree theft in connection with six purchases at Wal-Mart and a Casey’s store in Pella totaling $203.75. According to court documents, he admitted to the crime.
Vermeer also was charged with fifth-degree theft involving five purchases at the Red Rock Quick Stop convenience store, 977 198th Place in Pella. Court documents said that video surveillance recorded all five purchases, which amounted to $125.85.
In both cases, Vermeer used a debit card belonging to Shelly Lynn Vermeer of Pella, court documents said. The victim said she had not authorized Vermeer to use the card.
The charges also were cited in a probation violation filed by Vermeer’s probation officer. He received a 10-year suspended prison sentence in 2015 when he pleaded guilty to charges of weapons trafficking and possession of a firearm by a felon.
He is being held in the Marion County Jail. A preliminary hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. Jan. 18.