Charlotte business owner accused of forgery in Rock Hill

adouglas@heraldonline.comApril 19, 2013 

— A Charlotte woman with nine prior convictions of larceny is now accused of forgery in Rock Hill, according to a police report.

Regina Bernice Taylor, 39, was caught trying to use a fraudulent check at the Belk store in the Galleria Mall on Thursday around 6:30 p.m., the report states.

Taylor is accused of altering the routing numbers on a Bank of America check and using it to buy about $200 worth of jewelry and sunglasses, according to the report.

After purchasing the items, she continued to shop in the store, a loss prevention employee told Rock Hill officers.

When police arrived, Taylor admitted to altering the check, the report states.

An officer found eight other checks with alterations and two “starter checks” with a business name on them, according to the report.

The checks are real, Taylor told police, but she started altering the bank documents about two months ago, the report states.

She told police the checks were from her business, Black Pepper LLC, which is operated out of a home on Old Forester Lane in Charlotte, according to information on the North Carolina Secretary of State’s website. Taylor’s address, according to the report, is listed about 14 miles away.

Police charged Taylor with forgery and uttering and a property crime enhancement due to prior larceny convictions, the report states.

This is at least the second time this month that someone’s used the Dave Lyle Boulevard Belk store to purchase items with a fraudulent check.

On April 4, the store’s loss prevention officer chased a man into the parking lot after recognizing him as someone “known to pass fraudulent checks,” according to an earlier police report.

The suspect ran over the employee’s foot and got away.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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