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Forgery By a Treasury Clerk

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Forgery By a Treasury Clerk

Post by Karen on Mon 25 Apr 2011 - 0:31


At Bow Street, on Aug. 24, William Virtue, formerly a writer in the Treasury, was charged before Mr. Flowers with having forged and uttered several authorities for the payment of various sums of money. Donald Swanson, inspector at Scotland Yard, said that when he arrested the prisoner he told him that he would be charged with forging and uttering a receipt for 2 pounds 10s., purporting to be signed by Thomas Gill. The prisoner said he knew nothing about it. Walter Greenway Rider, clerk in the Department of the Solicitor of the Treasury, said that during part of June and August of the present year he had charge of the petty cash. It was part of his duty to advance cab fares and conduct money for witnesses. Eight receipts produced, purporting to be for different witnesses' expenses in the case of "Regina v. King," were brought to witness by the prisoner, and duly cashed. All these receipts had the initials "W.H.P." (William Henry Pollard) in the corner of them. Mr. Pollard had charge of that case. Mr. W.H. Pollard proved that the initials to these receipts were not made by him. They were forgeries, and no witnesses of the names given in them had been called in the case of "Regina v. King." The receipts were, in the witness's belief, in the prisoner's handwriting. Mr. Rider, recalled, produced other receipts given for supposed witnesses' expenses in another case, "Regina v. Hogg and others." He also produced receipts given in a case "Regina v. Couch." Mr. Pollard stated that there was no prosecution undertaken against a man named Couch, and consequently no witnesses' expenses had to be paid. His initials to all these receipts were, as in the previous case, forgeries. The prisoner, who had been employed as a writer for about twelve months, reserved his defence and was committed for trial.

Source: The Week's News, August 31, 1878, Page 1103

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