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Clarion Man Who Used Bad Checks to Buy 29 Cases of Beer in 25 Days Waives Preliminary Hearing

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 @ 12:10 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

gavelPAINT TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A Clarion man who allegedly bought several cases of beer using checks from a frozen bank account waived his preliminary hearing recently.

Court documents indicate the following charges against 64-year-old Gregory Guerra of Clarion were waived for court on Tuesday, October 2:

– Theft By Deception-False Impression, Misdemeanor 1
– Bad Checks, Misdemeanor 1

The charges have been transferred to the Clarion County Court of Common Pleas.

Guerra remains free on $2,000.00 unsecured bail.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, the Clarion County District Attorney’s Office was assigned to the case after the manager of a Paint Township business filed a private criminal complaint against Guerra at District Judge Timothy Schill’s office.

According to the complaint, between June 24, 2018, and July 19, 2018, Guerra wrote 29 checks from a frozen/blocked checking account to purchase 29 cases of beer and three newspapers.

The checks include:

  • Check 180, June 24, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 183, June 28, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 185, June 28, 2018, for $7.75 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice and two newspapers
  • Check 184, June 29, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 186, June 30, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 188, June 30, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 187, July 1, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 189, July 2, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 190, July 2, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 191, July 3, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 192, July 4, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 193, July 5, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 194, July 5, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 195, July 6, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 101, July 7, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 102, July 8, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 103, July 9, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 104, July 10, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 105, July 10, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 106, July 11, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 126, July 12, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 128, July 13, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 127, July 13, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 129, July 14, 2018, for $7.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice and a newspaper
  • Check 130, July 15, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 131, July 16, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 132, July 17, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 133, July 18, 2018, for $6.00 for a 12 pack of Labatt Ice
  • Check 134, July 19, 2018, for $9.99 for a 12 pack of Coors Light

All of the checks, with the exception of check number 134, were deposited into the business’ bank account and were returned without payment.

According to the complaint, the business mailed out a certified notice to Guerra, which Guerra signed for when it was delivered on July 23, giving him the opportunity to correct the issue prior to legal action.

The total restitution owed to the business is $1,574.74, including checks in the amount of $174.74 and returned check fees of $1,400.00.


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