Man faces 34 counts of forgery

Suspect allegedly leads police on chase in Barry County

by Kyle Troutman

A Cassville man is facing 34 counts of forgery, along with other charges, after allegedly writing numerous check to himself from a victim's bank account.
Scotty Henson, 47, of Cassville, is charged with 34 counts of forgery, financial exploitation of an elderly/disabled person, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest.
According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Doug Henry, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, deputies took a stealing report that Henson had been writing checks to himself from the victim's account and cashing them in Barry County. The victim in the case is above 60 years of age, and about $4,000 total was allegedly stolen from the victim's account, according to bank records.
Henry then went to Henson's residence on Amber Street in Cassville to question Henson about the checks. Upon arrival and notification of his warrant, Henson allegedly said he was not going to jail today, got in his vehicle and fled from the home.
Henry said Henson led him on a very long car chase through several back roads and farmers' fields, with the pursuit ending on Farm Road 1201 in the Lohmar area. Henson then fled from the vehicle but was apprehended.
A black bag in the front seat allegedly contained a plastic baggie with residue that tested positive for methamphetamine.
Henson is being held in the Barry County jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond for the forgery and exploitation, and a $15,000 cash-only bond for the possession and resisting. He has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing is set for Feb. 8 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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