Detectives from the Abilene Fraud, Cyber Crimes and Special Victim's unit arrested two men after obtaining a search warrant for an apartment in north Abilene on Washington Street. The search warrant arose from an investigation into the theft of money orders that were allegedly forged and used to pay a local business. Officers reported that one of the men attempted to prevent their entry by barricading a door, but they eventually forced their way inside.
Authorities have accused the 27-year-old suspect of breaking into a lockbox at the management office for his apartment complex. He allegedly stole money orders from the box and used them for his own gain. Law enforcement reported that his alleged accomplice, a 26-year-old man, passed one of the forged money orders at a business in north Abilene.
According to a news release from the police department, the 27-year-old faces a variety of misdemeanor and felony charges, including felony forgery of a financial instrument and interfering with public duties. As for the 26-year-old man, authorities applied charges of felony forgery of a financial instrument and felony possession of a controlled substance because police reported finding drugs during the search.
A criminal charge can lead to a harsh sentence. However, a criminal defense attorney could help a defendant lower the penalties. An attorney might evaluate the evidence and challenge a prosecutor's assertion that the evidence supports all charges. Legal counsel's assessment of the situation might help the defendant understand the strength of evidence and make an informed choice between standing trial or seeking a plea deal.