A Sharp County man has been charged with forgery after he allegedly stole his brother's checkbook and forged 14 checks on his account.
Charles Kelsey Higginbottom, 54, of Poughkeepsie is charged with second degree forgery, a class C felony.
The Sharp County Sheriff's Office received a phone call April 10 from Hardy Higginbottom also of Poughkeepsie, Special Agent Wendall Jines of the Arkansas State Police wrote in the arrest affidavit.
Hardy Higginbottom told officers his Bank of America checkbook had been stolen by his younger brother, Charles Higginbottom, recently, Jines wrote.
He said checks began being written on the account April 2 and were passed at businesses in Sharp, Lawrence, Randolph and Independence counties.
"Charles was using his own identification and driver's license when passing the checks to local businesses for goods and services," Jines wrote.
Checks were passed in all of the areas including Dollar General in Cave City, Jines wrote. As of April 14, Higginbottom said 14 checks were forged on his account. Nine of those were passed in the 16th Judicial District, which is composed of Sharp, Lawrence and Randolph counties, he wrote.