A Delray Beach man was one of two people arrested this week for allegedly cashing fraudulent checks at a market across the street from the city police station.
Police arrested Henry Wilder, 55, on Tuesday after the owner of Tony’s Market and Deli on West Atlantic Avenue reported that 11 checks cashed by Wilder had been returned. A second person was also arrested, but the arrest report did not disclose that person’s name.
Wilder, 55, faces 11 counts each of petit theft and forgery. He remained at the Palm Beach County Jail early Friday in lieu of $13,000 bail.
His arrest stems from an investigation that began in February. A police report says that 11 checks from a single account were written as payable either to Wilder or to “cash” in December in the amount of $1,415.
The owner of the account denied knowing Wilder or giving him permission either to write or negotiate checks on the account. An employee told the account holder that Parker “was the boyfriend” of a family health aide, according to the police report.
The account holder told authorities of writing two personal checks in the amount of $40 and handing them to another person. The report does not identify either that person or the purpose of the checks.
A woman whose name is redacted from the police report gave conflicting statements about the checks, police said. She told the account holder she cashed one of the checks, then recanted by saying her purse was stolen with the checks still inside. The woman said she did not know a Henry Wilder, the report said.
A store clerk told police Wilder had been a customer in good standing as none of his checks previously had been returned.