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Two Accused of Cashing Grandmother's Checks

Two men are behind bars in Kenton County facing a litany of charges -- including stealing checks from their grandmother and cashing them at a bank in Latonia.

Kristopher Byrd, 25, and Matthew Byrd, 23, appeared in Kenton District Court on Thursday afternoon facing two counts and nine counts, respectively, of possessing a forged instrument. Kristopher also faces two counts of first degree burglary, fleeing/evading police, possession of heroin, and contempt of court, while Matthew also faces two counts of first degree burglary, possession of PCP, and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

The pair appeared in court on Thursday for a preliminary hearing related only to the forged checks.

A Covington Police officer testified that the pair took checks from their grandmother and cashed them at a bank. The checks ranged in amounts of $5 to $55. 

The cases were bound to the Kenton County Grand Jury for indictment consideration. Each Byrd is being held on $10,000 bond.

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-Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photos: Matthew Byrd (left) and Kristopher Byrd via Kenton Co. Detention Center

Correction: A previous version of this article suggested that the bank used was a Huntington branch in the Latonia Kroger. There is a 5/3 bank in the Kroger.

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