CLINTON — A Fulton, Illinois, man has pleaded guilty to one count of forgery.
Bradley D. Bush, 42, appeared Thursday in Clinton County District Court and pleaded guilty to forgery, a Class D felony. The State will not seek the habitual offender enhancement. The plea is an open plea and no promises are made regarding sentencing, which is set for 9 a.m. March 29.
According to the affidavit, at 6:40 a.m. April 15, an officer was dispatched for a burglary complaint. A male stated he returned to his residence at 1 p.m. April 14 and observed someone unknown had damaged the front interior door and entered his residence. The suspects took a television and a laptop from the front room. The suspect also took a checkbook.
The affidavit states that at 11:37 a.m. April 18, an officer was dispatched to U.S. Bank, 2300 N. Third St., for a possible forged check. The officer made contact with an employee, who stated Bush was at the drive-up window and attempted to cash a check for $14,300.
The check was written out to Bush and signed using the victim’s name. Bush told the employee the check was from the victim and given to him two days ago.
The employee called the victim to verify he had given the check to Bush.
The victim told the officer he never wrote the check and does not know Bush. The employee was able to get a copy of Bush’s driver’s license and kept the check. Bush left the bank. The employee wrote down the license plate number. The vehicle was registered to Bush.