Horizon City Man Accused of Writing 102 Hot Checks

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POSTED: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 9:10am

UPDATED: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 8:52pm

El Paso – A Horizon City man who allegedly wrote more than 100 hot checks in the El Paso area is under arrest.

The El Paso County Attorney's office said 48-year-old Michael Nowell wrote 102 hot checks to dozens of local merchants and landlords totaling more than $14,500.

Nowell was arrested yesterday evening on 8 open warrants on charges that range from felony theft, theft by check, and failure to appear in court.

The County Attorney's office said Nowell would often wear scrubs and a stethoscope to impersonate a doctor. He would then allegedly convince his victims of extending him credit or to accept his checks.

“The County Attorney’s Office investigators worked vigorously during several weeks to locate and arrest Mr. Nowell. This case illustrates the level of commitment my office has to combat fraud in our community and to help local merchants who are victims of hot check writers,” said El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal.

Nowell was booked into the El Paso County jail under a $36,000 bond.

The County Attorney is asking anyone who might have additional complaints against Nowell, to file a report as soon as possible with the El Paso Police Department or the Sheriff’s Office.

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