An Enid man was arraigned Thursday on 43 felony counts of
uttering a forged instrument, for passing more than $20,000 of counterfeit
traveler’s checks at Enid businesses.
James David Zahorsky Sr. faces up to seven years imprisonment on each count,
for a possible total of 301 years in prison.
According to an affidavit filed in the case, on Sept. 7 a man went to
Midwest Music, 2013 W. Garriott, and told associates he wanted to purchase
guitars, amps and other items to give to family members. The man, who gave
the name Gary Logsdon, said he was going to die within the next few months
and wanted to leave family members with something to remember him.
The man gave associates American Express traveler’s checks in the amount of
$23,500 for the equipment he wanted to purchase, according to the affidavit.
He then gave associates a further $14,500 in the checks and said he wanted
to purchase musical equipment for a child who could not afford it.
A store official told police he was not at the store at the time the
purchases were made, and the checks had not been properly signed when the
purchase was made. The store official called a number the man had left and
found it had been disconnected. The store official said he called American
Express and after speaking with them, was advised the checks passed at the
store were counterfeit, according to the affidavit.
The equipment purchased from the store was delivered to 753 N. Davis. On
Sept. 21, police went to the address and learned Zahorsky lived there and
found him walking in the 1100 block of East Walnut.
Zahorsky was placed under arrest on unrelated warrants.
Police interviewed him about the items purchased from Midwest Music.
Zahorsky said he purchased the items from the store with traveler’s checks
and had several other traveler checks in his pocket at the time, according
to the affidavit. Police checked his wallet and found several of the checks.
Zahorsky said all of the music equipment was in the basement at 753 N.
Davis, which is owned by his son. Detectives asked Zahorsky if he also made
purchases with the checks at RCS Hobbies, and Zahorsky said he did,
according to the affidavit.
Zahorsky told police he had signed up to be a secret shopper over the
Internet and he was sent traveler’s checks, according to the affidavit. He
said he was supposed to cash the checks, send them off and he would receive
the money for what he had done. He said he got the checks and decided to
keep them and spend the money on himself, according to the affidavit.
Zahorsky denied printing the checks and showed police several FedEx
envelopes sent to the residence with the checks.
Detective Shawn Ramsey asked Zahorsky why someone would send him so much
money in traveler’s checks and Zahorsky said he did not know why. Zahorsky
had written $727,500 on one of the envelopes and told police that was the
amount that had been sent to him, according to the affidavit.
Zahorsky said he spent about $37,000 worth of the checks before he got
scared and threw the rest away, according to the affidavit. When police
asked if they could search the trash, Zahorsky said it had been picked up
the week before.
Zahorsky got off his bed and told police to check under the bed because “he
was going to get caught so he should tell the truth,” according to the
affidavit. Under the mattress was a bank bag containing $700,000 of
traveler’s checks. Zahorsky had $9,000 worth of checks in his wallet.
Zahorsky is being held in lieu of $75,000 bond and was ordered to return to
court Oct. 22 for a bond appearance.
An Enid man was arraigned Thursday on 43 felony counts of
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Energy secretary touts CNG fleet conversion
Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment Michael Teague said the state is leading the way in converting its fleet of vehicles to run on compressed natural gas.
And, he adds, the state is working to get federal officials engaged in moving its fleet of vehicles in Oklahoma to use CNG.
Teague made those statements Tuesday during a visit to Champion CNG, 13915 N. Harvey Ave. in Edmond. The visit also coincided with Earth Day.
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The Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee hosted a debate recently in Oklahoma City. The office is being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn.
Congressman James Lankford said Great Britain has experimented with allowing certain pockets of their nation to function under Sharia law.
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Authorities have arrested an eighth suspect in a homicide which involved the discovery of a badly burned body along a Logan County road.
On Jan. 31, firefighters were dispatched to a grass fire in a rural area located south of State Highway 33 between Langston and Guthrie, Logan County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Richard Stephens stated in a previous report. While extinguishing the fire, firefighters discovered a badly burned male body, Stephens said.
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Computer glitches forced state education officials to suspend online testing Monday, affecting student testing in Edmond and Deer Creek.
State Superintendent Janet Barresi said as a result of online testing disruptions for students in grades 6-8 and high school end-of-instruction (EOIs) exams she directed testing vendor CTB/McGraw Hill to suspend online testing for the day.
“We certainly share in the frustration that students and school districts feel,” Barresi said. “It is of paramount importance that CTB finds the nature of the problem and resolves it as quickly as possible.”
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In a previous report, Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said the agency’s Missing Persons Unit is asking for the public’s help locating Anne Josette Hill, 16, a white female with brown hair, brown eyes, standing about 5-feet, 4-inches and weighing about 120 pounds.
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Jolley says Oklahoma common sense needed in Congress
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More people today are moving to Oklahoma from Texas than vice versa, Jolley said. State government is solving problems, he added. So what the federal government needs is a lot of Oklahoma common sense solutions, said Jolley, R-Edmond.
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Tulsa businessman George B. Kaiser has been approved by the NBA Board of Governors as a new partner in The Professional Basketball Club LLC, which owns the Oklahoma City Thunder. Thunder Chairman and CEO Clayton I. Bennett made the announcement Friday. Kaiser is purchasing the ownership interest of Tom L. Ward.
“We are honored to welcome George Kaiser as a member of the ownership group of the Oklahoma City Thunder,” Bennett said. “George is a well-respected and important Oklahoma business leader, as well as one of the state and nation’s top philanthropists. His commitment to successful business and community leadership is in true alignment with that of the Thunder.
“I also appreciate the commitment and leadership provided by Tom Ward as a member of our ownership group from the beginning,” Bennett added.
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A state agency says misinformation related to the debate about the cause of more earthquakes across Central Oklahoma includes oil well types, well numbers and injection pressure.
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