Bradenton man faces fraud, drug charges

MANATEE - A 44-year-old Bradenton man faces fraud and drug charges after he was caught trying to pass an altered and forged check at a local electronics store, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

John Zimmerman, of the 2700 block of Ninth Street East, allegedly tried to pass the check at Best Buy, in the 4200 block of 14th Street West, about 5:20 p.m. Monday. When deputies arrived, they found a small baggie of marijuana in his pocket, according to the news release.

Zimmerman, who faces two charges of forgery, two charges of uttering a forged instrument , one charge of marijuana possession and one charge of giving a false name to a law officer, was being held at the Manatee County jail on bonds totaling $4,870.