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Bryan Man Arrested In BV Montessori School Check Fraud Scandal

By: KBTX News Email
By: KBTX News Email

BRYAN A Bryan man is accused of forging 21 checks totaling $4,500 from a local Montessori school.

According to Bryan Police, Jessie Ray Guevara is accused of forcing his wife, who is an assistant at the Brazos Valley Montessori School , to steal checks from the principal’s desk. Police say Guevara allegedly told his wife if she didn't cash the checks he'd quote, "beat her up."

Police say Guevara met with investigators on September 10th where he confessed that he went to school with his wife one day while she was cleaning up her class to get a few extra hours. Guevara said he went to the office and rummaged through the principals desk. The release says he was hoping to find cash, because he’s on drugs. Guevara then told investigators he found a box with checks in it and a letter with the principal’s name and signature on it.

The report says Guevara needed money for drugs and alcohol after he lost his job. He told police he forced his wife, who is an assistant at the school, to take the checks and cash them or he’d quote, “beat her up.” The checks were made out to his wife as well as Guevara, who according to the police report, occasionally worked for the school. Guevara says he was the one who quote, “completely filled out the checks and signatures.”

The principal of the school was notified after three of the 21 checks had bounced. The total of the 21 forged checks was $4,500.

Guevara, who has a lengthy criminal history, remains in the Brazos County Jail on $16,200 bond.

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