My friend attempted to cash some forged checks of mine and was arrested. What now?
Last week, a friend was in town from across the country to figure out where to relocate and I let him stay at my place for a few days. I had a great time showing him around the city, and as late as yesterday afternoon, we were txting about his imminent return today. Last night, I received a volley of calls my bank and the police indicating that someone had attempted to cash one of my checks with an obviously forged signature at least twice before being arrested.
The news left me numb. I guess I should feel betrayed, but he wasn't a close friend by any stretch - I'd say I'm a pretty warm host for anyone who passes by. I don't feel victimized. If anything, I feel sad that whatever situation he was in led to him being desperate enough to do what he did, mere hours after communicating with me and mere hours before hopping on a plane to start a new life. Is this reaction completely out of whack?
The second issue is: what comes next? From some cursory reading
, forgery is a felony crime. I don't know how having essentially stolen a couple of checks and potentially forging signatures on both factors into this from the standpoint of increasing the crime's severity. I have no desire to involve myself in the aftermath aside from stating the facts about what happened, which I have already volunteered to the police. What will my inaction entail? Will the system continue to prosecute him? I am pretty distraught over the idea that he may be going to jail over this.