(Lander, Wyo.) – A Lander man facing life in prison for a violent felony has now been charged with two more felonies, forgery and theft.
Harold Dean Porter, 57, is alleged to have stolen a check from his father-in-law, forged his wife’s signature and paid himself $5,000. Forgery and theft are each punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or $10,000.
Porter has pleaded not guilty to Aggravated Assault and Battery, Use or Possession of a Firearm by a Person Convicted of Felony Offenses, and Possession, Manufacture or Disposition of Deadly Weapon with Unlawful Intent in connection with an incident in October 2013. For these crimes the prosecution is seeking an enhanced penalty of life in prison due to four previous felony convictions. Porter is alleged to have pointed a gun at his wife and grandson. (See this story for more details on these charges.)
The forgery and theft case was filed in late January. The affidavit filed in the case is written by the Lander Police Department’s Levi Hallock.
The affidavit states police were notified about possible forgery on Nov. 1, 2013, by Porter’s wife. She reportedly said her father, Richard Dillinger, told her someone deposited $5,000 into a local bank using a one of his checks. Ms. Porter’s wife had access to the account and obtained a copy of the check in question, which was made out to Harold Porter back in August 2013.
It is alleged Porter stole the check while he and his wife were visiting Dillinger in Oklahoma. Dillinger reportedly told police that he did not write the check and gave no one permission to do so. He also allegedly told police that Porter had admitted to writing the check and promised to give the money back but didn’t.
Handwriting analysis from a lab in Casper reportedly determined that the handwriting on the check was that of Harold Porter.
Porter is expected to enter a plea on the new case on Thursday afternoon.