From staff reports
Clarion County Judge James Arner sentenced a serial forger and counterfeiter Wednesday.
Scott Elliot Payne Jr., 31, entered a guilty plea to passing three forged checks in Clarion County supermarkets and was sentenced by Arner to consecutive terms of six to 16 months in the Clarion County jail.
No address is listed for Payne in court documents.
Payne was charged with three felony counts of forgery-unauthorized act in writing and two misdemeanor counts of bad checks.
A criminal complaint filed by New Bethlehem police says Payne cashed a forged check from Eat’n Park on Sept. 14, 2017, at Tom’s Riverside in Rimersburg in the amount of $744.08.
Eat’n Park managers said they didn’t have an employee by that name, and Tom’s Riverside managers said Payne had cashed the check, then called after it was cashed and asked if he could pay the amount back.
Payne didn’t pay any amount back, police said.
On Oct. 24, 2017, a check in the amount of $758.92 was cashed at Tom’s Riverside in New Bethlehem. The check had been written out to Payne from Burger King and was returned when Burger King managers said they didn’t have an employee by that name, police said.
Payne was also arrested in November 2017 on a number of similar charges in Butler County and other counties.