The owner of a Martinez restaurant wanted for financial identity fraud turned himself in to authorities Tuesday afternoon.
Gregory Allen Glover, 45, owner of St. Louis Original Hamburgers on Furys Ferry Road, was wanted by Columbia County authorities for allegedly trying to use someone else’s Social Security number to open a bank account.
Glover turned himself in at about 3:30 p.m., according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
On Aug. 16, the manager of First Bank at 375 Furys Ferry Road called police stating that Glover, of Valhalla Drive in Martinez, tried to use a Sylvester, Ga., woman’s Social Security Number to open a business account, according to a sheriff’s office incident report. Glover previously opened business accounts at the bank in 2004 and 2007 under the name Southern Builders and Land Developers. He was listed as the owner and signer for the business.
The manager said she called Glover stating she’d found a matching Social Security number that didn’t match the one he’d used to open the previous accounts. Glover told the manager that he’d had the two previous accounts at the bank and bank personnel must have made an error with his Social Security number in the set-up of those accounts, according to the report. He then quoted the fraudulent number as his own.
Authorities announced Sept. 9 that Glover was wanted for two counts of financial identity fraud.
Glover is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, Morris said.
The incident led to Glover’s third arrest in Columbia County on similar charges. He was arrested in June 2009 after refusing to pay a local plumbing company the total amount the owner said Glover owed for work his company did for Glover.
Glover was arrested again in November 2009 charged with deposit account fraud, Morris said. In February 2009, the owner of Howard Lumber Co. said Glover opened an account at the building supply store in the name of Southern Builders and Land Developers was open and quickly accrued a $5,000 balance. He sent a $1,780.75 check to Howard Lumber dated Feb. 1, 2009, but it was returned for insufficient funds. Glover came into the store in June 2009 and promised to make good on the check, but never did.
During the same arrest, Glover faced charges of deposit account fraud, negotiating a fictitious check and first degree forgery. A vice president of F & M Bank on Evans to Locks Road in Martinez, told deputies on Nov. 6, 2009, that Glover presented a $9,8735.47 check from Safeco Insurance Co. for deposit into his personal account, according to the incident report. The funds were deposited, bit the check was later returned as counterfeit.
The vice president of the bank said Glover then went to two other banks where he wrote two checks for $8,149.21 and $1,686.26 from his personal account cash, according to the incident report.
The four charges were disposed of on Columbia County Superior Court on Feb. 4, 2011. Glover pled guilty to one count of deposit account fraud as part of a negotiated plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office, according to court documents. He was sentenced to pay restitution, a $500 fine and serve three years on probation.