Lincoln man charged with passing $25,000 in bad checks

Posted July 16, 2013, at 8:34 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — A Lincoln man was charged Tuesday night with trying to pass from a closed bank account six checks worth slightly more than $25,000, police said.

Steve Twist, 41, of Lincoln was charged Tuesday with negotiating a worthless instrument, a Class B felony, and violations of condition of release, police said.

The six checks worth $25,000 were attached to a closed Bangor Savings Bank account. Twist is accused of trying to cash them through KeyBank between July 3 and July 11, Lincoln police Sgt. Glenn Graef said.

Lincoln police were aware of Twist through two unrelated cases, Graef said. Officer Anthony Redmond issued a summons to Twist on July 3 for negotiating a worthless instrument in connection with the purchase of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle from Richards Sport Shop of Lincoln for $7,500. The check was returned for insufficient funds, Graef said.

A week later, Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Patty McLaughlin charged Twist with negotiating a worthless instrument in connection with a bad check used to buy a vehicle from Markie’s Garage in Mattawamkeag, Graef said.

Tuesday’s charges, Graef said, come from KeyBank officials’ report to Lincoln police Officer John Walsh on July 11 that Twist had been attempting to cash several checks from the closed Bangor Savings account, Graef said.

Walsh used grand jury subpoenas to secure bank records linking the alleged activity to Twist, Graef said.

Graef asked anyone who might have received a check from Twist within the last several weeks to call police at 794-8455.

Twist told Walsh during an interview on Tuesday that “he was paying other people back with the money he got from the checks,” Graef said Tuesday.

Police are investigating who Twist was paying and why. Twist himself did not say, Graef said.

Twist was due to appear at the Bangor Judicial Center on Wednesday after being held without bail at Penobscot County Jail, Graef said.

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