HOBART, Ind. – U.S. banknotes may have the phrase, "In God We Trust," printed on the back, but a 21-year-old man discovered that trust does not extend to checks signed by God.
Kevin Russell was arrested Monday after he tried to cash a check at a local Chase Bank branch that was signed, "King Savior, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Servant," Hobart police detective Jeff White said.
Russell was charged with one count of attempted check fraud and one count intimidation, both felonies, and one count resisting law enforcement, a misdemeanor. He could face prison time.
Police were called to the bank after Russell tried to cash the check, which was written on an invalid check from another bank, White said.
Russell had several other checks with him that were signed the same way but made out in different dollar amounts, including one for $100,000.
Russell struggled with police as they tried to detain him, White said, and then threatened the officers as they transported him to the police station.
"I've heard about God giving out eternal life, but this is the first time I've heard of him giving out cash," White said.
No court date has been set for White. He was being held Wednesday at the Lake County Jail on a $1,000 bond.