Suspect accused of writing checks on closed account

A Pine Bluff man who has been locked up since Dec. 25 on misdemeanor charges will have to post a $25,000 bond after a police investigation into charges that he wrote checks on a closed bank account.

Anthony Clark, 39, allegedly wrote checks totaling $9,570.45 between Nov. 8 and Nov. 13, Detective Bill Wiegand said in a probable cause affidavit.

Wiegand reported that police were contacted by Pine Bluff National Bank, which reported that Clark had cashed two checks on Nov. 8, one on Nov. 9, two on Nov. 12, and one on Nov. 13.

The checks were from Regions Bank in Little Rock in the name of A.C. Electronic Solutions, which Clark said was his former company when he was interviewed.

Wiegand reported that Clark said he opened the business in 2007 while he was working in Little Rock, then moved to Pine Bluff and “thought there was money in the account.”

Clark also reportedly claimed he did not know the account was closed, Wiegand said in the affidavit.

Records at the prosecutor’s office indicated that Clark has multiple previous convictions dating back to 1992 for violating the Arkansas Hot Check law, theft of property, forgery and fraudulent use of a credit or debit card.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Clark after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft of property.

Clark said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court Feb. 14.