Area woman arrested for forgery
Searcy County Sheriff Kenny Cassell reported on June 28, Jessica Miller, age 32, of Gassville was arrested for forgery after cashing a check that did not belong to her. Cassell said that during the course of the investigation, Searcy County Chief Deputy Dewayne Pierce learned on June 26, 2019, Miller entered the Hwy. 66 Country Mart in Oxley and while inside purchased food and fuel. To pay for the items, Miller presented the store clerk with a personal check in the amount of $108. After deducting the amount of the purchase, the remainder of the cash was given back to Miller.
According to Pierce, the check was written from an account of another person and not Miller's account. Pierce later learned the account had been closed and after speaking to the original account holder learned that he had not authorized anyone to use checks from this account.
Pierce also learned that the checks had belonged to a business and Miller, who is an acquaintance of the original account holder, may have had access to the checks. On May 13, Twentieth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Carol Crews and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Benjamin Fruehauf issued an affidavit for Miller's arrest.
On June 28, she was arrested by Pierce and taken to the Searcy County Sheriff's Office where she was charged with forgery, Class C felony.