Maryland State Police arrested a Baltimore man in Carroll County in relation to theft and counterfeit charges.
James Dean Rowan Jr., 32, of the 500 block of Elmwood Road, was charged with issuing a false document, forgery, obtaining money or goods through forgery, issuing a counterfeit order and theft of $1,500 to $25,000. He is being held without bond awaiting an Oct. 2 bail review, according to electronic court records.
According to the statement of charges, a member of corporate security for BB&T Bank contacted the Maryland State Police (MSP) Criminal Enforcement Division Northern Region because they believed fraudulent checks were being cashed within Maryland.
On July 17, a man cashed a check at the Mount Airy location for $1,855, made out to James Dean Rowan. Investigators cross-checked the information provided during the transaction with MVA records and determined that the photograph on the driver’s records was of an African-American woman, not a white man, as the man shown on surveillance footage making the transaction, according to the statement.
Rowan was booked into the Baltimore County Detention Center March 15, and investigators determined that he was the same man who made the transaction in July 17, according to the statement.
When contacted by police, a representative of the construction company that reported the loss of the check said they believed a check had been stolen from a mailbox. The fraudulent checks used a different font than genuine checks and the check identified by the same number as the fraudulent check cashed in Mount Airy was not made out to Rowan, according to the statement.