Man helping move NC military family stole and forged checks for nearly $3,000, police say

Sherwood Lavon Core in a photo from Goldsboro Police.

GOLDSBORO, NC (WNCN) — A mover who was working for an Air Force colonel during his family’s move from Goldsboro to Hawaii stole the colonel’s checks and forged several, Goldsboro Police say.

The investigation began last Wednesday when Lt. Colonel James Ladd reported to Goldsboro Police that a book of checks had been stolen from his Goldsboro home while he was in the process of moving to a new base in Hawaii, Goldsboro Police said.

Lt. Col. Ladd  discovered six checks belonging to him had been forged and cashed at a local business in Goldsboro, according to police.

“Lt. Col. Ladd realized that he nor his wife had written these checks, signed these checks, or authorized anyone else to do so,” police said.

Sherwood Lavon Core, age 48, of Dixie Trail, Goldsboro was charged with several felony counts, linked to Forgery.

Police say that Core, who worked for a moving company hired by Ladd’s family, stole the checks and cashed them for a total of $2,850.

“During the process of the packing and moving of these items, Mr. Core was able to obtain the checks,” police said in a press release.

On Wednesday, Core was charged with six Felony counts each of Forgery of an Instrument, Forgery of an Endorsement, Possession of a Counterfeit Instrument, Uttering of a Forged Instrument, and Possession of a Counterfeit Instrument.

Core was already in the custody of the Wayne County Jail on related charges, and Wayne County Criminal Magistrate T. Barber placed  Core back into the Wayne County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 secured bond, pending his first court appearance on Thursday, police said.

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