CHIPLEY - A recent $75,000 bad check has bounced a Chipley resident back into the hands of law enforcement.
Tyler Porter, 35, who listed an address of 855 Hwy. 277 in Chipley, was arrested Aug. 31 in Washington County on a warrant out of Bay County for grand theft of over $100,000, issuing worthless checks and scheming to defraud a financial institution.
According to the Panama City Police Department arrest affidavit, Porter knowingly gave a $75,000 worthless check to the branch manager at the 23rd Street Suntrust Bank from his personal checking account at People's South Bank - in which he had less than $2,000.
His Suntrust account was already $36,875.97 in the negative.
The "defendant lied" to the branch employee "that the funds were available in his People's South account, and requested immediate access to the deposited funds in his Suntrust account," the affidavit states. "The defendant immediately made a series of wire transfers and withdrawals which again brought his account into the negative," leaving his account balance at $103,023.91 overdrawn.
Porter gave several stories on why he couldn't repay the money, however, "those stories have been debunked and the defendant has further refused to cooperate" with the bank, the affidavit states.
Calls to Porter for comment were not returned Monday or by press time Tuesday. According to court records, Porter's bonds totaled $80,000 and he was released after posting a surety bond. His next court appearance is set for Oct. 2 for first arraignment in Bay County.
This isn't the first time Porter has faced a bad check allegation for a large sum.
According to officials in Mississippi and an affadavit, there is an active investigation there into a March 2 check for $107,222 Porter drew at Suntrust Bank "for the purpose of obtaining money from Lonnie Alton Roberts at a time when he knew he did not have sufficient funds on deposit."
On June 4, an affidavit by Roberts and Justice of Court of Clerk in Greene County stated Porter had attempted to intimidate Roberts in order to influence Roberts' testimony against him. The State of Mississippi Greene County Justice Court confirmed last month that law enforcement was continuing to investigate that case.
Porter attended high school in Marianna but was arrested after authorities said he made a series of bomb threats to the school - including one on Sept. 11, 2001, the day hijacked jets were flown into the World Trade Center in the deadliest terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil, according to a News Herald story from Sept. 14, 2001.
Though he was initially ordered to serve five years in prison, the Department of Corrections sent him to a boot camp and he was released in June 2002, according to records. In October 2006, after he violated probation in 2004 and was ordered to serve eight years in state prison, the District Court of Appeals sided with his appeal on the grounds that he had completed his requirements as a youthful offender and therefore could not be punished as an adult.