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MONTOURSVILLE -- A Virginia couple was recently charged for sending close to $70,000 in e-checks to a Montoursville business to pay for merchandise.

Richard B. Jenkins, 49, and Victoria B. Jenkins, 57, both of Culpeper, Va., were charged with theft by deception and receiving stolen property after they sent seven e-checks in the amount of $7,000 to cover a large order they made from Euro Optic in Montoursville, according to the affidavit written by Montoursville Borough of Police.  The couple own Tactical Boutique in Virginia, and had allegedly placed an order on November 1, 2018 in the amount of $69,217.28.

After the order was received, Euro Optic shipped the merchandise to the Virginia couple's business. However, the payment did not go through because the couple had put a stop payment on it, according to the affidavit. Euro Optic contacted the couple and were sent bank statements, which showed they did not have the funds to cover the amount of the order.

Both of the Jenkins waived their right to a preliminary hearing at the office of District Magistrate Gary A. Whiteman. Formal arraignment will be in front of Lycoming County Judge Marc F. Lovecchio on May 13.

Richard and Victoria Jenkins are currently free on $30,000 unsecured bail.