Joshua Lee Edmondson

Joshua Lee Edmondson

A 29-year-old man has been charged with a felony after allegedly attempting to cash stolen and altered checks in Missoula.

Joshua Lee Edmondson made his initial appearance in Missoula County Justice Court on Monday after being charged with felony forgery and misdemeanors for theft and obstructing a peace officer.

On Friday, an employee at EZ Money — a check cashing business — called police saying Edmondson came in and tried to cash fake checks, according to a court affidavit. The employee said she had previously been contacted by the Bozeman Police Department and told to be on alert for Edmondson.

She told an officer Edmondson brought in two checks, one of which appeared to have been altered. The issuer of the second check later reported that he had never written it to Edmondson, and believed it had been taken from his mailbox.

A Missoula police officer found Edmondson leaving the store. He allegedly gave a false name and said he didn’t have any ID with him. When he was searched after being arrested, the officer allegedly found the identification and social security card for a third person on Edmondson, who said he found them.

On Monday, Justice of the Peace Landee Holloway set Edmondson’s bail at $5,000 and said if he is released he must be monitored for drug and alcohol under pretrial supervision.

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Law and Justice Reporter

Crime reporter for the Missoulian.