Little Rock man arrested on forgery, fraud charges

A Little Rock man arrested after he was allegedly caught shoplifting at Dillard’s Tuesday will face felony allegations after police reported finding a forged identification card and forged checks on the man.

Leroy Jones, 50, had a fake Arkansas identification card in his wallet, and two checks with a name that matched the identification card, Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said during a hearing Thursday.

According to a probable-cause affidavit from Detective Cassandra McAfee, Jones tried to purchase an electric stove at Sears with one of the forged checks, which was made out for more than $1,800.

When Jones was questioned, he allegedly told police he bought the identity card and checks on the streets.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Jones after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with non-financial identity fraud and three counts of second-degree forgery.

The judge declined to appoint the Public Defender’s Office for Jones, who said he would try to hire his own attorney.