another man arrested at a California bank

Once again, David Lazarus from the San Francisco Chronicle and radio talk show host Clark Howard are reporting about a bank customer arrested and jailed for trying to cash or deposit [a] check/s.

I heard that Steven Chesser originally took the checks to a Washington Mutual bank branch and the teller did not like the looks of the checks or something, so Steven went across the street to a Wells Fargo bank branch and the checks were accepted there.

Unlike the earlier Bank of America story, Wells Fargo probably will not lose any customers because of this incident.
However, some local criminal justice establishments in California may be slowly losing their credibility because of their seeming lack of organization skills and their arbitrary actions.

I do not think that the stated charges of “check forgery” “commercial burglary” are actually applicable here. I do not think that receiving a check in the mail and then presenting the check to a bank teller should be considered an illegal act. However, the people making the fake checks should be sought out and prosecuted.

Jay Boyarsky, the supervising deputy district attorney, acknowledged that “the criminal justice system does not always deal well with people who have mental disabilities.”

For the time being, however, Chesser remains behind bars. He’s being held in a special wing “for inmates who need mental health treatment,” according to jail spokesman Mark Cursi.

Chesser doesn’t read very well and doesn’t always comprehend what’s going on around him, his father said. He’s worked as a janitor and held other unskilled jobs. He’s easily taken advantage of by others.

“When he’s working, his friends always come around on payday and get him to buy them beer,” William Chesser said. “That sort of thing is common.”

William Chesser said his son went to a Wells Fargo branch in Cupertino with a couple of checks he’d received, ostensibly worth a total of about $2,000. Chesser opened a checking account, deposited the funds and asked for some money.

So Chesser went to the bank yet again with even more checks. And this time, bank officials suspected something was up. They called the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department and Chesser was promptly arrested for passing bad checks.

“He was attempting to deposit numerous checks,” said Deputy Serg Palanov, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department.

Chris Hammond, a Wells Fargo spokesman, said, “There is more to the story, but we are not able to disclose it because we must respect the privacy of the customer’s information.”

He added: “Wells Fargo does not make decisions based on a customer or potential customer’s appearance. However, if a team member observes questionable or suspicious actions or behaviors in our banking store, it may be appropriate to contact authorities to ensure the safety of our customers and team members.”

“I asked him if he knew why he was there,” the father continued. “He said it was for opening an account at Wells Fargo.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/12/20/BUGK2N2M051.DTL

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