Former Lee County sheriff's deputy charged with 5 counts of forgery


Sumter County Sheriff's Office charged a woman, 41, Tuesday with allegedly presenting five forged checks totaling $1,775 at a Sumter County convenience store and at a bank earlier this year.

Melissa G. Feagin, of Sierra Street, is accused of presenting forged checks in the amounts of $225, $210, $240 and $300 at a convenience store on North Kings Highway on April 22, April 27, April 28 and April 29, respectively, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

She also reportedly presented a forged check for $800 at a bank on Broad Street on Aug. 6.

All five forged checks were drawn from SAFE Federal Credit Union, states a release.

Feagin is charged with five counts of forgery of less than $10,000.

She was transported to Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center where she is awaiting a first appearance hearing.

According to previous articles published by The Sumter Item, Feagin is a former employee of Lee County Sheriff's Office, who was fired in May 2011 after an internal investigation determined she broke agency policy by using her patrol vehicle outside of jurisdiction while off duty.

A Greenville County sheriff's deputy reported seeing Feagin's patrol vehicle parked outside of a nightclub in Greenville County on May 20, 2011.

Feagin was suspended without pay for three days and demoted from sergeant to corporal before Lee County Sheriff Danny Simon decided to terminate her employment with the agency following the internal investigation.