Lafayette County Prosecuter Kellie Wingate-Campbell.

A 25-year old Johnson County resident was recently sentenced to ten years for passing bad checks.

Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Prosecuter Kellie Wingate-Campbell about the unusual situation..

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The following press release was issued on the matter:

On an average day, the Lafayette County Prosecutor’s Office receives notice of a bad check from an area merchant, gives the account holder an opportunity to make good on the check, forwards the subsequent payment to the merchant and no further action is required.  Once in awhile it becomes necessary to file a criminal charge and place the check-writer on probation.  So how did Adam N. Smith, 25, of Warrensburg, end up receiving a ten-year sentence recently for passing a bad check in January of this year?

To begin with, Smith is a repeat offender with five prior felonies ranging from forgery to fraudulent use of a credit device.  In addition to his criminal history, the check in question was made out for a whopping $12,000.00.  Fortunately the victim was able to recover financially from Smith’s deceit, with the exception of around $1,000.00 incurred in locating and retrieving the property Smith ‘bought’ with the check, a Scat Trac skid loader, purportedly for a business he called ‘ABS Home Remodeling, LLC’.

Around the same time that the incident was being reported to Lafayette County authorities, Smith was being investigated in other Missouri jurisdictions for similar crimes.  Smith currently has felony bad check charges pending in three other counties:  eleven counts pending in Ray County, one count in Pettis County, and four counts in Johnson County along with a separate charge of felony Tampering with a Motor Vehicle.  Lafayette County Prosecutor Kellie Campbell explains, “As it happened, he pled guilty on the Lafayette County case first because we had him in custody.  Whether he serves additional time on the other counties’ pending charges will depend on the sentence he receives, either concurrent or consecutive, in each of those cases.”