BROOKSVILLE — A Spring Hill man is facing identity theft and forgery charges after authorities say he tried to cash a tax refund check that didn't belong to him.
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said that Shawn Barron, 28, showed up at Ace Cash Express, 7403 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, on Thursday and attempted to cash a $2,877.36 U.S. Department of Treasury check by presenting a false driver's license and other paperwork identifying himself as Christopher Johnson, the name printed on the check.
According to a Sheriff's Office report, Barron was unable to cash the check at two other locations before trying the Spring Hill Cash Express store. But a clerk realized the driver's license was a fake and called authorities.
Barron later told deputies he knew the check wasn't his and that he had received it in the mail. He said a friend helped him forge a counterfeit driver's license so he could cash the check.
In addition to being a violation of Florida law, forgery of a Treasury Department check is a federal crime.
Court records show that Barron has a criminal record that includes charges last year for passing worthless checks.
Barron was taken to Hernando County Jail, where his bail was set at $3,000.
Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or firstname.lastname@example.org.