Authorities have charged Kieffer Thomas Morley, a Helena man, for felony forgery after a known associate allegedly wrote him stolen checks.
Court documents filed on April 25 say a woman reported to police in Jefferson County that someone had been forging checks on her business checking account between Oct. 14 and Oct. 19.
A deputy determined several of the stolen checks were presented at businesses in Lewis and Clark County and turned the investigation over to Helena Police. A detective obtained footage from Town Pump in East Helena where two checks, one for $80 and one for $59.68, had been cashed. Footage allegedly shows Anna Smith cashing the checks as well as her driver’s license number written on the checks.
The detective obtained photos of Smith cashing a check made out to herself for $750 at Wells Fargo. Documents say Smith was identified by an assistant manager at Perkins in Helena while writing a fourth check for $35.83. Another assistant manager saw Smith get out of a car and recognized Morley, 23, and another male in the vehicle from previous interactions. The detective obtained video of Smith paying for food at Perkins.
A woman named Kea Smith allegedly attempted to cash a check made out to Morley for $487 at Valley Bank, but the bank teller didn’t cash the check. The teller instead reported the incident to police with Smith’s license plate number.
The documents say Anna Smith and Morley are known associates from earlier investigations.