FREDERIKSTED — A Grove Place man turned himself in to police after learning that he was wanted for allegedly kiting eight checks, authorities said.
Malik Morton, 26, of Lorraine Village was arrested about 3:44 p.m. Monday and charged with obtaining money by false pretenses, forgery, uttering or passing forged or counterfeited matters, possession of forged bills or notes, grand larceny, and identity theft, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.
On April 5, 2018, detectives from the Economic Crimes Unit initiated an investigation that revealed that Morton and three others used their true identities to cash a total of eight counterfeit checks using information from an account of a non-profit organization, according to the VIPD.
“Signatures were also forged on the counterfeited checks,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.
Bail for Morton was set at $50,000. Unable to post bail, he was remanded to the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections (BOC) pending an advice-of-rights hearing