Bond set in alleged forgery, fraud

A $50,000 bond was set Thursday for a Pine Bluff man who allegedly forged a bank withdrawal slip and tried to obtain money from an account.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set the bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Darnell Washington, 25, with fraud, forgery and theft of property.

Washington was arrested after police were sent Tuesday to Bank of America on West 28th Avenue to investigate a report that a man in a tan Pontiac in one of the drive-through lanes was trying to withdraw money.

Detective Marsha Oliver said in a probable cause affidavit that the man, later identified as Washington, had the identification card of the alleged victim — along with a debit card and credit card — and was trying to withdraw $1,175.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during the court hearing that when Washington was questioned, he said he knew the alleged victim, whom he called “Old School.” The alleged victim denied knowing Washington.

Kizer said Washington “had an extensive criminal history and is on parole” and had at least 20 failures to appear in district courts since 2007, including Pine Bluff and Helena.

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Washington and told him to come back to court July 25.