Inmate accused of forging Spokane Jail check

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- A man who was given a $15 check when he was released from the Spokane County Jail is accused of altering it for more than $3,000.

Now, 44-year-old John P. Oak is facing forgery and theft charges.

The sheriff's office says he had been jailed on a traffic warrant and was given the $15 check on his release, because that was the amount of money he had in an inmate account.

But when he cashed it last week the amount had been changed. Oak received $1,000 cash and deposited the rest in his bank account. The Spokesman-Review reports (http://is.gd/rqtAKV ) he wanted more cash, but the bank refused.

He was arrested and taken back to jail.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com