The Washington County sheriff’s
office has requested warrants for 32-year-old Joseph C. Hajj, last known address in Nitro, W.Va.,
on felony counts of theft and passing bad checks. An employee of Family
Ford on Pike Street reported that on December 19
Hajj paid for a new
2013 Ford truck with a fraudulent check for more than $52,000.
According to news reports from Gallipolis
and Charleston, Hajj has been manufacturing checks on a computer and using them
to buy big-ticket items including vehicles in Meigs and Gallia counties, as
well as at least seven businesses in West Virginia, Kentucky and Georgia.
The checks appear to be from a
contractor. Among the names used: BA Contracting, Johnson Construction and JJ
Construction. At least one of the fake checks was made using a Peoples Bank
According to the Pomeroy Daily Sentinel,
Rajj recently ripped off a Beckley, W.Va., car dealership for a new Dodge Ram pickup.
That truck was found last week, wrecked outside Gallipolis.
Before wrecking the Ram, Rajj
bounced a $9,000 check for a new Kawasaki ATV in Gallipolis, where he
was already under indictment for using a bogus check to
purchase a new $52,000 truck from a Ford dealership there earlier this
Joey Hajj is described as 5-feet
7-inches tall, around 180 pounds, with hazel eyes, black hair and a goatee.
Authorities in Gallia and Meigs
counties are urging business owners - especially car dealers - to use more caution when accepting checks
written for large amounts.