Bogus check writer arrested

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

BONHAM, Tex. -- James Dwayne Shelton, 49, who was wanted for writing numerous bogus checks in various businesses in Durant and elsewhere in Bryan County between 2000 and 2005, was arrested shortly after airing his photo on Wednesday.

Shelton has been convicted in Bryan County of obtaining merchandise by bogus check and ordered to pay restitution to the victims through the bogus check collection program in the District Attorney’s office.

The Bryan County District Attorney's office was seeking his arrest.

Within minutes of airing his photograph on Wednesday, authorities received the call that Shelton was in Bonham, Texas. He was arrested at a lumber yard in Bonham.

Shelton is being booked on Thursday.

No word on whether he will be extradited back to Bryan County.


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  • by Durant Location: durant on Jul 29, 2007 at 12:17 AM
    I dont believe we are getting the full story. I think the amounts reported are bloated. Publicity purposes for the D.A. office or for David Cathey the investigator.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 24, 2007 at 07:44 AM
    POOR EXCUSE PEOPLE MAY BE IN NEED BUT THERE ARE PLACES HERE IN DURANT FOR NEEDY FAMILYS FOR FOOD TOYS AND CLOTHING SO DONT SAY HE MAY HAVE HAD ANY EXCUSE ITS ONE THING TO BOUNCE A CHECK PAY FOR IT DO RIGHT THIS MAN MADE IT A HOBBY
  • by Oldie Location: Denison on Jul 20, 2007 at 12:07 PM
    He looks like the person that was fishing below the dam bragging about not having a fishing license and keeping more than his limit of fish. If it does not bother him to write bogus checks, it is not going to bother him to break other laws as well.
  • by Jack Location: Whitesboro on Jul 20, 2007 at 11:38 AM
    I thought he went by the name Captian Lou Albano. At least that is what he called himself when I seen @ Gene's Hambuger Harbor in Sherwood Shores.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2007 at 09:22 AM
    I also agree with Suzy. And what about the folks who express their stupidity in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS? Regarding the story, I have no use for a thief, but there are worse things. That said, I don't feel sorry for him. I've had my checks stolen and law enforcement didn't do anything about it even though I knew who did it. I had just been laid off from the factory job I had held for 14 years and that account was all the money I had to support my family with while I was finishing up my degree. I was able to close the account before any damage had been done, but I still felt quite violated by the whole thing. So it is nice to see law enforcement stepping up to the plate in this case. I am a bit confused though. What are the legal definitions of "bogus check" and "hot check"? I always assumed that a "hot check" was a stolen check--just like "hot merchandise"--but I really don't know. And to Mork, we don't have a Pro-Cuts up here in Bryan Co., but if you get your hair cut at Wal-Mart here, that's how they will cut it. Nanu-nanu.
  • by anonymous Location: oklahoma on Jul 20, 2007 at 07:10 AM
    "Stick" in Mexico. I guess you are in Mexico because of the checks in Grayson County? It is the mentality you represent that makes you and others like you believe you are "owed" something. Maybe if he had worked an extra job, like my husband & I have done during hard times he could have paid for the items and services he literally stole from Bryan County. We owe you nothing and we owe Mr. Shelton nothing. And Mr. Shelton doesn't appear to be missing out on much. Looks healthy if you understand my meaning.
  • by Mork Location: Ork on Jul 20, 2007 at 04:22 AM
    I'll bet a dime on a donut that he never passed any bad checks at Pro Cuts. Dude, who cut your hair?
  • by LOUIE Location: DENISON on Jul 19, 2007 at 11:05 PM
    STICK...ARE YOU SERIOUS? Spell or write much? Why should we dig into our pockets and give our childrens food away, this will just enable him to repeat the bad behaviors. I agree that someone could be "good" yet are still going to make bad choices over & over. Until he faces the consequences of his actions he will not care that what he is doing is wrong. There are people who could help the compulsions of repetitive bogus check writers.
  • by anonymous Location: bonham tx on Jul 19, 2007 at 07:57 PM
    hey i know this man and he isnt as good as u think! he broke the law so how good his he now?
  • by Teacher Location: Oklahoma on Jul 19, 2007 at 03:19 PM
    I am with Suzy. People need to learn to spell.
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