A 28-year-old man was arrested in the Beachwood area Saturday, accused of forging checks and related crimes.
Merced County sheriff’s deputies were called around 9 a.m. Saturday to the 2000 block of Cabot Avenue for a report of a trespasser, according to Sgt. Delray Shelton.
Deputies arrived and found suspect Jason McPherson and another man inside the residence. Deputies said the occupant of the residence was not at home, and did not know McPherson and the other man were inside.
McPherson is a known parolee and sex offender, according to deputies.
Because McPherson is a parolee, and the residence did not belong to either man at the scene, deputies conducted a search with “Taz,” a member of the department’s K-9 division. The investigation led to the discovery of numerous forged and false checks, computer equipment to manufacture false checks, watermarked paper and several printers.
Some of the checks had been made out and had dollar amounts ranging from several hundred to several thousand dollars.
Several local businesses were being targeted with the checks. Deputies reported contacting some of the businesses and confirmed they were false checks.
McPherson was arrested on suspicion of forgery, false use of account information, making fictitious checks, and a parole violation. The other man was released on the scene pending further investigation, according to deputies.