A Bumpass man who was found guilty on 18 charges during a bench trial in Louisa County Circuit Court on March 22, has been sentenced to 42 years in prison, but will serve only two years and six months.
Jeremiah Johnson Cox, 24, was sentenced on July 11 on six counts of forgery and uttering, six counts of forgery and six counts of obtaining money under false pretenses.
Cox was arrested on April 12, 2012, and in his statement to police stated that his ex-girlfriend of seven years, Whitney Thacker, had no identification, so he would cash checks she gave to him. He said he gave her the cash and knew that she was using the money to support her addiction.
During the trial, the commonwealth argued that Whitney stole checks from her mother, Brenda Thacker. She then forged her mother’s signature and Cox took the checks to the bank to cash so they could purchase drugs together.
Five witnesses from Virginia Community Bank testified on behalf of the commonwealth verifying the forged checks, their amounts and at which branch the checks were cashed.
On March 29, 2012, Cox presented a check to Heather Stewardson, a bank teller at the main branch, who questioned the authenticity of the check and called the account holder.
When Stewardson contacted Ernest Thacker, Whitney’s father and the account holder, he advised her that Cox had no authorization to cash any checks on his account and requested the police be called. It was at that time, Stewardson testified, that Cox grabbed his identification and left the bank.
Defense attorney Richard Harry questioned Whitney about what made this situation different from the other times she had forged her mother’s signature.
To read the entire story, see the July 25 edition of The Central Virginian.