Crime

Bar and grill employee charged with felony forgery, theft

A West Side Stadium Bar and Grill employee is facing felony theft charges after being accused of writing thousands of dollars in checks to himself and cashing them.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Ferguson Township police, officers were approached in January by Matthew Leitzell, of the bar and grill, for a report of forgery and theft. Leitzell claimed that an employee — Chad Snyder, 33, of Sunbury — had been issuing checks to himself and cashing them.

Leitzell alleged that Snyder had been forging his signature on the checks, police said, and that Snyder didn’t have permission to issue checks to himself. He claimed that when confronted, Snyder allegedly admitted to issuing the checks.

Leitzell also provided officers with bank account records, which included images of the checks, police said. He allegedly denied signing the checks that appeared to show his signature.

A total of 61 checks had been issued to Snyder, police said, totaling $14,230.39. An additional nine overdraft fees related to the cashing of the checks totaled $315.

Snyder was interviewed on Aug. 11 as part of the investigation, police said. He allegedly admitted to writing checks payable to himself and cashing them.

Snyder was arraigned before District Judge Ronald Horner, according to court documents, and charged with felony counts of forgery, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property. He was released on his own recognizance.

A preliminary hearing is slated for Nov. 23.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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