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Deputies: Man tried to cash $9,659 tax refund check with fake driver's license

3:34 PM, Feb 21, 2012   |    comments
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Charlotte County, Florida (News-Press) -- A Deep Creek man was arrested for allegedly trying to pass a $9,659 tax refund check with a fake driver's license at an Englewood business Sunday.

Terrance Lamont Lewis, 22, faces multiple charges stemming from the incident, including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm with altered or removed serial number, and probation violation.

Deputies received a call from a clerk at The Check Cashing Store, 1720 S. McCall Road, at 6:15 p.m. who was stalling Lewis until deputies arrived. Upon arrival, deputies asked Lewis what his name was and he said, "I don't know."

However, another deputy arrived and instantly recognized Lewis from a Feb. 4 shooting incident in which Lewis was shot and dropped off at a hospital in Port Charlotte. He refused to tell detectives how or where the shooting occurred.

Lewis attempted to cash the refund check with a fake driver's license in another person's name; he filled out all the paperwork to cash the check but the clerk became suspicious of the license given.

Deputies asked Lewis if he had anything illegal on him and he advised he did not. A pat down located a .380 caliber pistol in his rear pocket with the serial numbers removed and six rounds of ammunition in the weapon. During the pat down, deputies found the previous wounds to his left hip area.

Lewis was transported to the Charlotte County Jail where he remains on bond due to being a previously convicted felon.

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