Man tries to cash forged check for one million dollars at a bank's drive-through window

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Justin C. Johnson

A rural Bloomfield man who went to the drive-through window of the Eastern Heights branch of the Bloomfield State Bank early Friday morning, and tried to cash a check for one million dollars, didn't drive off with any cash.

Later the same day, Lt. Bryan Woodall of the Greene County Sheriff's Department gave the man a ride to the county jail.

Justin S. Johnson, 21, who resides in Lawrence Hollow Estates, appeared in Greene Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon and was charged with one count of forgery, a class C felony.

A call came in to the sheriff's department from the bank around 8:45 a.m. on Friday. The complaint was that Johnson was attempting to cash a check for one million dollars by handing the check through the window to a teller.

Lt. Woodall was dispatched and spoke with the teller who said it was not a valid check and she did not cash it. Woodall said the teller kept the check. And she obtained Johnson's driver's license and made a copy of it before Johnson left.

The deputy located Johnson at his residence.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Johnson said a blank check was given to him the day before by a man he had done some work for.

Johnson allegedly filled the check out, knowing it was not supposed to be written for one million dollars, signed the man's name and attempted to cash it.

The check was written on an account at Hoosier Hills Credit Union located in Bedford, in the name of a company located in Bloomington.

Johnson's bond has been set at $10,000 according to the standard bond schedule.

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  • wow realy smart

    -- Posted by hd2004 on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 6:27 PM
  • Wow. That just about tops any case of forgery I've ever heard.

    -- Posted by nevertheless on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 7:12 PM
  • That is SOOOooo funny! He may have got by with $1000 or maybe even a bit more but $1,000,000. Hahah..hilarious!.......Like a teller has even close to that much in there drawer.

    -- Posted by BadSpellerrr on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 7:23 PM
  • It takes a long time to get that kind of money from any bank. Back about two years ago I wanted to withdraw a $107,000.00 to start a different kind of account at another bank.

    After filling out all of the paper work and explaining to the bank people what I was doing I finally got my money in about 10 days. You know all this time I thought my money was mine to do whatever I wanted to do with it. But you sure do have to do a lot of explaining to get those big amounts.

    -- Posted by andyandbarneyatmayberry on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 7:56 PM
  • As soon as I read the headline combined with "rural Bloomfield man", I would have bet good money that he lived in Lawrence Hollow.

    -- Posted by just sayin'... on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 8:07 PM
  • LOL!! I know there are stupid people out there, but come on. I would never have thought someone was actually this STUPID!!!

    -- Posted by Member2011 on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 8:22 PM
  • Talk about being a stupid criminal. LOL

    -- Posted by IHEARTU on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 8:25 PM
  • This is simply the finest story,(in terms of humor), I have read in many many years. Bravo Justin - your 15 minutes have begun!

    -- Posted by switz on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 9:13 PM
  • There ain't no cure for stupid!!!

    -- Posted by i fight authority on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 9:14 PM

    -- Posted by scoop on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 9:22 PM
  • I agree with switz - ur 15 minutes of fame have elasped....hahahaha -- my laughter for the day!

    -- Posted by cruella on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 9:32 PM
  • WOW - this is the best laugh I have had in years.

    -- Posted by the voice of the common man on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 9:39 PM
  • He voted for oBama, and was needing his promised stimulus monies, there you have it...

    -- Posted by Busseron on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 9:44 PM
  • HERE'S YOUR SIGN ! Wonder if they will put him on dumbest criminals?

    -- Posted by hilljackbilly on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 9:44 PM
  • He voted for oBama, and was needing his promised stimulus monies, there you have it...

    -- Posted by Busseron on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 9:50 PM
  • Unbelievable. When I saw the mugshot I thought "He's gotta be embarrassed by that!"

    Then I read the story.

    I'm guessing he's probably not bright enough to know he should be totally humiliated.

    -- Posted by Blueyedame on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 10:44 PM
  • Jay Leno loves stuff like this! Monday night headlines!

    -- Posted by greenecountyresident on Tue, Jul 27, 2010, at 11:59 PM
  • I agree with other comments here. I also got a good laugh reading this. He should have rethought this, not been so greedy, gone inside the bank, been dressed well (well, at least look like a clean and shaven construction fellow), and made the check out for lower expectations; e.g., in the hundreds or thousands - $750.00 or $1,850.00, and had a notation at the bottom of: "For Construction Work Completed at 475 Maple St.", and had an innocent stance about him.

    There are forms to fill out with that kind of money also, as one expressed here also. How in the world did he think a little box at a drive-up

    teller's window at this bank could hold all that he was trying to get - in bills? Yes, laugh I did. Shame on him too for being a 'bad boy'. "Stupid is as Stupid does"...

    -- Posted by Bibi - I support Rep. Borders on Wed, Jul 28, 2010, at 12:49 AM
  • I think you're right ibdagigman, this guy has to have mental problems for him to think the bank would cash a check for a million dollars.

    -- Posted by sassy12 on Wed, Jul 28, 2010, at 6:01 AM
  • Loved all the comments. You just can't fix stupid!

    -- Posted by gclady on Wed, Jul 28, 2010, at 7:37 AM
  • C'mon, look at the guy. He's good for it...Give him the cash!

    -- Posted by NewberryUSA on Wed, Jul 28, 2010, at 8:08 AM
  • I am surprised by looking at the picture that the teller didn't just hand the money over. He provided identification, he has a demeanor of a professional business man. Shame on that teller for questioning his validity, obviously he is a big business tycoon. One look at him tells you that. I think that he lives in the "Holler" is irrelevant, after all so did Jed Clampett.

    -- Posted by Kristal on Wed, Jul 28, 2010, at 9:01 AM
  • DUH!!!!!

    -- Posted by gocolts on Wed, Jul 28, 2010, at 9:12 AM
  • Dr. Evil said it best...I want...1 million dollars. lol Was he really expecting to get the money?

    -- Posted by WorthingtonGirl on Wed, Jul 28, 2010, at 10:07 AM
  • Obviously the guy is not accustomed to higher finances.

    -- Posted by skyrocket on Wed, Jul 28, 2010, at 10:37 AM
  • Talk about stupid. Is it not obvious that somebody who knows this young man's affliction put him up to it. Maybe the guy who gave him the blank check? All of you who commented on how stupid this young man is should look in the mirror. Maybe it's time to examine ones self.

    -- Posted by Timothy E. Jones on Wed, Jul 28, 2010, at 11:02 AM
  • well I wonder what physical condition he has wrong with him? Afterall he knows if you get put in jail they will give you all the medical treatment that you need

    -- Posted by elynn66 on Wed, Jul 28, 2010, at 12:41 PM

    -- Posted by frog976 on Wed, Jul 28, 2010, at 1:12 PM
  • I think the bank should close the account holders' account who gave him the check. If that is the way he conducts business, just goes around handing out blank unendorsed checks he should be qualifying for some kind of "stupidity" charge... like entrapment???

    -- Posted by lillymae on Wed, Jul 28, 2010, at 3:23 PM
  • hey whatsupingreenecounty: did ever stop to consider that possibly what man said is a lie? For all we know he stole the check.

    -- Posted by houseofhate on Wed, Jul 28, 2010, at 3:53 PM
  • houseofhate, wouldn't he have been charged with theft and forgery?

    -- Posted by lillymae on Wed, Jul 28, 2010, at 5:24 PM
  • The idiot even resembles Einstein!

    -- Posted by RightWingConservative on Wed, Jul 28, 2010, at 11:16 PM
  • To Phil Gribbles:

    There isn't enough room in the jail for them to lock people up for being morons.

    -- Posted by JW on Thu, Jul 29, 2010, at 8:42 AM
  • Darwin Award contender

    -- Posted by anon on Thu, Jul 29, 2010, at 9:46 AM
  • this is pricless

    david letterman will get this

    -- Posted by tincup on Mon, Aug 2, 2010, at 11:55 PM
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