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Woodstock resident charged with two counts of aggravated forgery

Reid Thomas Stokesbary faces charges for forgery and theft.

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UPDATE: Charges against Stokesbary were dismissed Dec. 7 by the Murray County 5th District Court.

MURRAY COUNTY — Two felony counts of aggravated forgery were filed against Reid Thomas Stokesbary of Woodstock on Tuesday in Murray County Fifth District Court. Stokesbary, 40, also faces a charge of theft by swindle, a gross misdemeanor offense.

On Feb. 12, a Murray County Sheriff's deputy was notified by an employee of the Chandler Co-Op that Stokesbary had, on two separate occasions, purchased fuel at a gas station by charging the purchases to an account on which he was not authorized to use. According to the Chandler Co-op employee’s statement, in January and February Stokesbary pumped nearly 217 gallons of diesel, combined, for a total cost of $552.42. During both occasions Stokesbary charged fuel to the Chandler Fire Department's account.

When Chandler Co-op employees contacted Stokesbary about the purchases, he allegedly said he would call back with a credit card to pay for the fuel but he never did.

The deputy spoke with a cashier who was working during both days Stokesbary reportedly took fuel. The cashier identified Stokesbary as the person who made the charges to the accounts and said that initially Stokesbary had told her to charge the fuel to the city of Woodstock. The cashier was unable to locate an account, and Stokesbary said he could not find the account number, so he had the cashier charge the fuel to the city of Chandler, claiming he did snow plow work for the city. Stokesbary signed a receipt for the purchase and took a copy with him.

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In February, the cashier said Stokesbary again charged a fuel purchase to the city of Chandler and signed for the receipt. The cashier noted that the name signed did not look like Stokesbary’s, but that the writing was difficult to decipher.

The deputy spoke with Stokesbary by phone on two occasions. During both conversations, Stokesbary maintained he had not charged any fuel to the city of Chandler and stated that the cashier must have made a mistake, or the Chandler Co-op was at fault.

The deputy also spoke with authorities from the city of Chandler who stated that Stokesbary did not have permission to charge anything to the city of Chandler. One city official said Stokesbary had done some snow plow work for the city of Woodstock in the past but that the city had terminated any negotiations with him in 2020.

If convicted, Stokesbary faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine on each of the aggravated forgery charges. The theft by swindle charge carries a maximum one year imprisonment and/or a $3,000 fine.

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