Forgery and false pretences.
--Yesterday the Mayor
spent most of his morning session in the examination of James M. D. Irvine
and E. J. Forbes
, charged with forgery and obtaining money from the C. S. Government by false pretences.
The evidence in this case may be summed up thus: On the 26th of November young Irvine
called at the office of Paymaster Wayt
, on Franklin
, near 13th street, and presented the pay-roll of George W. Finley
for commutation of rations, amounting to $103.20. As the roll had the name of Col. Lee Roy Brown
, of the 44th Va. regiment, signed to it, and as Irvine
represented himself to be George W. Finley
, Capt. Wayt
paid the bill and took Irvine
's receipt, he signing it Geo. W. Finley
The papers were then regularly filed, Capt. Wayt
suspecting nothing wrong.
On the following day, the 27th, Irvine
again called on Capt. Wayt
, and presenting the pay-roll of F. G. Bennett
, with an order to pay the same to Geo. W. Finley
, desired to collect $228 claimed to be due Bennett
for commutation of rations.
The roll had the name of Col. Lee Roy Brown
signed to it; but the order being informal, Capt. Wayt
declined to pay the bill, and gave his reasons to Irvine
for so doing.
very promptly asked to be allowed to have the order corrected; but Capt. Wayt
, having his suspicious aroused, compared Col. Brown
's name with the genuine signature of that officer, then on file, and discovered that the signatures on Bennett
's and Finley
's pay-rolls were forged.
into his office, and informing him that something was wrong about the papers, Irvine
promptly stated that he knew of no wrong, and that he had received the papers of Forbes
then started to Col. Brown
's office with Irvine
, and on the way Irvine
informed him of his reel name, stated that what he had done had been for the accommodation of Forbes
, and that he had intended no wrong.
A lad was introduced, who proved that he had seen the forged papers in the hands of Forbes
, that he had seen Forbes
in close conversation with Irvine
, and that Forbes
had endeavored to get him to appear as a witness against Irvine
F. M. Bennett
, a member of Col. Brown
's command, testified that he knew no F. G. Bennett
, that he had seen writing executed by Forbes
, and that he believed the written order in Court, for money, was executed by him. He had never seen Forbes
use a pen, but had seen him have some poetry which he claimed to have written.
, after hearing all the witnesses, remanded both parties to an examining Court to answer for obtaining money by false pretences on the 26th of November, and for forgery on the 27th of November, and refused them ball.