2 nabbed for trying to pass phony checks in Charlotte County
Antonio Lovette Elmer Joseph McGuirt
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Charlotte County detectives arrested two Tampa men on 22 felony charges for trying to pass counterfeit checks at the Charlotte State Bank in Port Charlotte.
Deputies arrested 37-year-old Antonio Lovette and 29-year-old Elmer Joseph McGuirt, both of Tampa.
The bank manager called deputies Friday afternoon when a man tried to cash a $1,966 payroll check on a local business in Charlotte Harbor. The subject produced a Kentucky ID card with the name of Michael Green. The teller became suspicious and the manager called CCSO.
The man became nervous when the teller stalled the transaction and he finally left the bank. He was observed getting into the passenger side of a black Honda parked next door at Sonny’s restaurant and drove north on U.S. 41. The man identifying himself as Greene left the check and fake ID with the teller.
A road deputy soon spotted the suspect vehicle at a gas station and detained the two men. A search of the car found an envelope sticking out of the headliner above the driver’s seat that contained 18 more phony payroll checks from various businesses along with a fake ID from Kentucky with a different name which had McGuirt’s photo.
Both were arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail and each was charged with 19 counts of Possession of Counterfeited Payment Instrument; and one count each for Grand Theft, Uttering a Forged Check, and Possession of a Blank, Forged, or Stolen Driver’s License or Identification Card. McGuirt was additionally charged with an outstanding felony Hillsborough County warrant for robbery. He remains in jail on no bond. Lovette posted a $55,000 bond and was released Saturday.