Hot check writer arrested in Las Cruces

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A Las Cruces man was arrested for allegedly using a fake checking account to buy an SUV, police said.

Kenneth Michael Harper, 44, is facing a third-degree forgery charge after allegedly writing a $3,900 check from a fake account to purchase an SUV, a Las Cruces Police Department news release said.

Harper gave the check to a local car dealership for a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer and it was not until days later that the dealership found out the checking account was nonexistent. The SUV was reported stolen.

Harper was found driving the SUV on April 8 in the 600 block of Picacho Avenue. He also allegedly had a debit card from the fake bank account, police said.

He was arrested and booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center, but has since bonded out. 

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