MCFARLAND — A 37-year-old Bakersfield man accused of stealing and forging checks from the company he worked for, is behind bars after being arrested earlier late last week.
Jorge Ortega was booked into the Kern County Jail for forgery
According to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Ortega stole six checks from a farming company he was working at in the 32000 block of Famoso Road in McFarland, then cashed the checks at a market in the nearby Bakersfield area.
The sheriff’s department said the total of all the cashed checks was around $3,200.
The initial investigation into the theft and forgery began on Oct. 14 and, after a nearly month-long investigation, detectives from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Rural Crime Investigation Unit said that they had developed enough probable cause to obtain a warrant, and arrested Ortega on Nov. 7.
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