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June 18, 2010

TH man faces 9 counts of forgery

TERRE HAUTE — A Terre Haute man has been charged with nine counts of forgery in Vigo Superior Court 1.

Michael Wayne Whitaker, 51, will have his trial dates set Monday in the case formally filed against him Friday. Judge Michael Eldred read charging information that alleges Whitaker wrote nine checks without authorization on an individual’s First Financial Bank account. The alleged victim reported the checks stolen on June 7. The nine checks were dated from June 3 through June 9.

Whitaker was appointed attorney James Organ as his public defender. Whitaker’s bail was set at $10,000 with 10 percent allowed. Forgery is a class-C felony that carries a sentencing of 2 to 8 years and up to a $10,000 fine.

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