ELIZABETHTON — The former house cleaner of a Gray man was arrested Tuesday after she was accused of taking a book of his checks and passing the checks at area businesses and banks.
Tammy L. Halsey, 39, 308 Chambers Drive, was arrested at her residence by Elizabethton police officers and Carter County sheriff’s deputies following her indictment by a Carter County grand jury on 21 counts of forgery and one count of theft over $1,000.
Halsey had been employed as a house cleaner by Carl Hughey. When he discovered his checking account was overdrawn by more than $5,000 and a book of checks was missing, he suspected Halsey.
Elizabethton police Sgt. Chris Bowers said bank records showed many of Hughey’s checks were passed at locations in Elizabethton. Surveillance footage showed Halsey cashing the checks, Bowers said.
According to the indictment, the forged checks were used at several businesses between Sept. 16 and Jan. 13, including five at Murphy USA and four at Aaron’s Sales and Lease Ownership. A check was made out to the Elizabethton Electric Department. Eight of the checks were allegedly made payable to Halsey.
The counts on the indictment indicate the amounts on most of these forged checks grew larger over time, beginning with $200 on a check passed in September, to $250 in October to $450 in November. The largest was one allegedly made payable to Halsey on Dec. 14 for $750. Another check allegedly made payable to Halsey on Jan. 11 was for $500.
Bowers said Halsey was taken into custody and transported to the Carter County Jail. Her bond was set at $68,000. She is scheduled to appear on the next available Criminal Court date.