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E.C. police investigating man, 34, for writing bad checks

August 13, 2001|By MARIO RENTER√ćA, Staff Writer

El Centro police detectives are investigating the activities of a 34-year-old El Centro man they allege made and wrote bogus checks.

Police Lt. Paul Longoria said the investigation started when Officer Robert Sawyer attempted to stop a vehicle for a minor traffic violation about 11:15 p.m. Sunday near the corner of Seventh and Hamilton streets.

The driver led Sawyer on a chase that lasted a couple of blocks before the driver stopped in the 600 block of Hamilton Avenue.

After the driver stopped, Sawyer searched his vehicle and found an extensive number of checks, check-making materials that included a computer disk that contained a program on making checks, state Department of Motor Vehicles documents and some drug paraphernalia.

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The driver, identified as Carl Wilson Whitney of El Centro, was arrested for having a fictitious driver's license, failure to yield, possession of fictitious checks with intent to defraud and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Detectives investigated further and found Whitney apparently had written false checks in the names of the Wilbur Ellis Co. of El Centro, the Dune Co. of Imperial Valley, the Lopez Pack-King Co. of Holtville and Hernandez Trucking of El Centro. Investigators aren't sure yet if Whitney wrote more checks from other companies.

Investigators urge anyone who may have received checks from Whitney or have further information to contact Detective Luis Hernandez at 336-8984.

Whitney was being held without bail in the county jail because he is on parole.

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