A Columbus man accused of forgery appeared for a bond hearing earlier this week before Judge Frank Skorupa in Platte County Court.

Taylor C. Krzycki, 25, has been charged by the county with two counts of second-degree forgery in the amount of $0-$500, Class II misdemeanors; and first-degree forgery, a Class III felony. Under state law, the defendant faces up to six months in jail on the misdemeanor offenses and four years in prison followed by two years of post-release supervision for the felony.

If the felony charge stands, that particular case will eventually be bound over to Platte County District Court.

On the second-degree forgery charges, the defendant’s bond was set at $10,000 with a 10-percent option, and on the first-degree forgery charge, $25,000 with a 10-percent option. Krzycki is scheduled to make a plea on the misdemeanor offenses on May 2 and is scheduled for a status hearing on the felony offense the same day.

On Feb. 8, an investigator with the Columbus Police Department was dispatched to the Sundown Motel and Guest House in the 3200 block of Eighth Street in regard to the business receiving counterfeit money, according to a warrantless arrest affidavit.

A motel representative advised the officer that he had contact with a man who identified himself as John Drozd, of 2819 Seventh St., in Columbus. The officer was told that the man identified as Drozd had been at the motel since Feb. 5 and that when came to pay for another night’s stay – Feb. 9 – that he gave a counterfeit $100 bill as payment.

The motel employee, court records show, called the man he knew as John Drozd and informed him that he knew the money was fake. When ‘Drozd’ called back, the employee wrote down his number and connected it with another man knew as Taylor Krzycki. That was when the employee concluded that the man named Drozd was actually the defendant.

In the misdemeanor case, officers were dispatched on Feb. 15 to the 1900 block of Seventh Street in regard to a resident wanting to report the theft of a checks and a tablet, court records show.

The alleged victim said that the defendant had been staying with him and noted that three checks went missing from his checkbook. Police say that the defendant cashed one check for $200 and another purchase was made for just under $500.

Video surveillance reportedly captured the fraudulent action.

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sam.pimper@lee.net.

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