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L-R: Brandon Walt Kirksey and Jacob Lee Barkley
Courtesy of Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Two Suspects Charged With Passing Bad Checks At Same Business

40-year-old Brandon Walt Kirksey of Maiden and 41-year-old Jacob Lee Barkley of Denver, N.C. were arrested by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Officers. They’re each charged with felony counts of uttering a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretense.  The two men are charged with with passing forged checks at the same business earlier this year. Kirksey was arrested on June 24 and Barkley was taken into custody June 30.

The first incident occurred on May 10 when Kirksey allegedly presented a fraudulent check at Jones Exxon on Business Highway 16 in Denver. The check included a fraudulent business and account number. On May 14, Barkley reportedly entered the same store and allegedly passed a fake check in the amount of approximately $400. This check also contained a fraudulent business and account number.

Barkley was arrested on June 30 after Iredell County deputies located him living at a boarding house in Statesville. Kirksey’s bond was set at $25,000 secured, Barkley received a $30,000 secured bond. They both remained in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center in Lincolnton as of earlier today (July 5). Kirksey’s next District Court date is July 19, Barkley was scheduled to appear in District Court today.