FAIRMONT — Two Fairmont residents face a forgery charge after, police said, they had counterfeit motor vehicle inspection stickers on their vehicles.
West Virginia State Police charged Albert Shane Tichenor, 31, of 404 Hite Ave., Fairmont, and Ashley Marie Nuzum, 27, of 29 Oakwood Road #5, Fairmont with felony forgery of official seals after a short investigation on Oct. 16.
According to a criminal complaint, on Oct. 16, a West Virginia State Police corporal went to the Kingmont area to patrol near a known drug trafficking area called Deepwoods Lane. The corporal said he had been dispatched to the area about three weeks prior for a possible drug overdose.
After seeing two vehicles in front of a suspect residence, the corporal noticed one of the vehicles – a white BMW with red decals – was the same vehicle he saw earlier with defective equipment and was reported to have been driving recklessly in the area of Williams Crossroads more than a week before, the complaints state. The corporal said he had tried to stop the vehicle, but lost it.
Meanwhile, the second car – an Orange BMW – had been reported approximately two weeks prior to have been a suspicious vehicle in the Shinnston, Lucas Road area, the complaints state.
According to the court papers, the corporal ran a check and learned the registration plate on the white BMW and the orange BMW was improperly displayed. When walking by the two suspect vehicles, the corporal saw the motor vehicle inspection stickers were counterfeit, the complaints state. According to the complaints, the corporal noted that someone had taken a black and orange marker and counterfeited the official seal of the West Virginia State Police and also counterfeited the numbers on the sticker.
After knocking at the residence, Tichenor answered the door, according to the court papers.
The corporal asked who the white and orange BMWs belonged to, and Tichenor stated both vehicles belong to him and his girlfriend, Ashley Nuzum, the complaints state.
Tichenor said he has a suspended operator’s license but that Nuzum drives the vehicles “and takes him to where he wants (to) go,” the complaints state.
Court records show Tichenor is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 4 before Marion County Magistrate William T. Holmes. He is being held in the North Central Regional Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Court records show that Nuzum waived her preliminary hearing recently before Holmes.