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Buckhannon man arrested for allegedly using parents’ checks to obtain cash, make purchases at Walmart

BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon man was arrested recently after he allegedly took several checks from his parents’ checkbook and used them to obtain cash and make purchases.

Zachary Patterson, 24, was arrested Wednesday, July 24, for fraudulent use of an access device, a felony.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Lt. Mark Davis with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department on or about July 6 and 7, Patterson allegedly took three checks out of his parents’ checkbook without their knowledge or permission and went to Walmart in Buckhannon.

Once there, Patterson allegedly used the checks to make purchases and “receive cash back,” the complaint states.

According to the report, the total amount of the three checks combined was $456.86.

Bail was set at $20,000 cash or surety by Magistrate Kay Hurst, and as of Friday afternoon, Patterson remained incarcerated in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

If convicted, Patterson faces a fine of not more than $10,000 or confinement in the penitentiary for not more than 10 years or both.

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