Career criminal arrested for cashing bogus checks written to brother
(BTLS Staff) LAKELAND, Fla. – A career criminal already behind bars for previous misdeeds is now facing grand theft and fraud charges.
Kevin Randall Hunt, 40, is being held without bond at the Polk County Jail. The suspect is facing four counts of grand theft, four counts of uttering a forged instrument, two counts of criminal use of personal identification, four counts of forgery and one count of scheming to defraud.
According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office report it was easy to locate Hunt who was originally arrested by deputies in April for similar criminal activity.
Hunt is no stranger to law enforcement. He’s been booked into the Polk County Jail on 18 previous occasions – an arrest history that includes 29 felony and 15 misdemeanor charges.
Through their investigation on the latest counts, detectives learned the suspect used six forged checks from the Clear Springs Company and several of the business’ subsidiaries. Hunt used the checks to pilfer over $2,000.
The suspect took the forged checks to several area businesses. In two incidents Hunt used his brother’s name – ‘Shannon Hunt’ – to avoid detection.
Surveillance video led investigators to Hunt – a slender while male with short graying hair – as the man cashing the bogus checks.
The suspect is no facing a total of 28 charges related to check forgery, fraud, identity theft, petit theft, grand theft and a violation of probation charge.
Additional charges may be filed as the investigation into Hunt’s activities continues.