The man authorities identified as the leader of the local chapter of an outlaw motorcycle club pleaded not guilty Thursday to a felony charge for allegedly writing bad checks to an area business.
Prosecutors accuse Michael Allan Murphy, 49, of issuing four checks from Oct. 13-19 totaling $31,148.20, according to court documents. All four, made out to a local lumber and building supply firm, were returned for non-sufficient funds, court documents said.
Murphy, prosecutors alleged, never reported the checks as being forged.
Murphy was arraigned before Judge Danni Coffman in Flathead County District Court on March 9, still wearing an orange inmate’s uniform. Coffman set an omnibus hearing in the case for May 15 with a pretrial conference to follow on July 14.