Police charge Garner man forged checks on Durham biotech's account

November 16, 2012 

Dario Montrelle Lassiter

WAKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

From staff reports

RALEIGH Police from three communities charged a Garner man Thursday with forging checks to himself from a Durham business and taking them to various State Employee Credit Union branches to cash them.

Dario Montrelle Lassiter, 22, of 521 Hillcrest St. was arrested at the Wake County Library’s Harrison Branch on New Bern Avenue in Raleigh about 4 p.m., according to arrest records.

Police from Raleigh, Apex and Cary had warrants charging him with a total of 10 counts of forgery of an instrument and 10 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. In this case, the “property” was money from the SECU offices, the warrants said.

The checks used an account number associated with Novan, Inc., a biotech startup company in Durham, police wrote.

According to the arrest warrants, police believe Lassiter forged three checks with a BB&T account number for a Durham company, made them out to himself and cashed them on Oct. 12.

Then four days later, he made out seven more checks using that account number and cashed them.

All of the checks were for amounts between $702 and $710, the warrants say.

Lassiter was being held on a $60,000 bond.

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