COAL TOWNSHIP - The owner of a garbage removal business in Bloomsburg has been charged with issuing 34 bad checks totaling approximately $36,000 over a five-month period to PA Waste Management in Coal Township.

Jeremy Evans, 31, of Bloomsburg, owner of Got Trash Inc., was charged by Detective Jeff Brennan with a misdemeanor of bad checks.

According to a criminal complaint filed at the office of Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III, Evans allegedly issued the worthless checks totaling $36,722.24 between June and November, while knowing the checks would not be honored by PA Waste Management.

Brennan said a bad check charge doesn't become a felony until the amount totals $75,000 or higher. The maximum penalty Evans is facing is five years imprisonment and/or $10,000 fine.

The detective said police received a complaint Dec. 11 about Evans issuing 26 bad checks totaling $28,123.52 from Got Trash Inc. and eight worthless checks totaling $8,598.72 from his personal checking account.

Brennan said Evans admitted issuing all the bad checks.