Crime & Courts

Deputies: 21-year-old used bad checks to buy vehicle, donate to charity

A 21-year-old Davidson County man has been arrested by Rowan County authorities and accused of using fraudulent checks to buy a vehicle and make a donation to a charity established for a murder victim.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said Brandon Wright Acker, of Lexington, was arrested Wednesday on various fraud charges. They say Acker has similar charges pending against him in Davidson and other counties in the area.

Investigators said Acker used a counterfeit business check to buy a $35,000 vehicle on Aug. 26 from Cloninger Ford and Toyota in Salisbury. They also accused him of using the same checking account to make “a substantial contribution” to a charity in memory of Abraham Jenkins, a 19-year-old who was shot and killed last year in Salisbury.

Authorities ask that anyone with information about Acker contact sheriff’s detectives Rodney Mahaley or Nathan Phillips at 704-216-8700.