Women charged with forging checks in the name of pastor

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LEXINGTON, N.C. — Two Lexington women have been charged with forging checks in the name of a local pastor, authorities said Tuesday.

The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office received a report on March 21st that a woman cashed two checks totaling $150 at Bill’s Truck Stop Restaurant in the 1200 block of Snider Kines Road.

Investigators discovered the checks were forged with the name of the Rev. Max Shoaf, the pastor of Psalm 91 Church in the Tyro community.

Deputies also learned on May 22 that another woman used two forged checks in Shoaf’s name totaling $300 at the truck stop, the sheriff’s office said.

Shoaf didn’t write the checks, the warrants say. The church operates a program that provides financial help for people in need, the sheriff’s office said.

Alicia Marie Avila, 27, of 402 National Blvd., Room 42, was charged April 16 with two counts of uttering forged instruments, two counts of forgery of an instrument, and two counts of obtain property by false pretenses, an arrest warrant says.

This article was written by John Hinton and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.