Gerod Stevens1Long-time New Orleans radio personality Gerod Stevens had left his popular morning talk show on WBOK  last year. As it turns out, radio court documents may shed light on the reasons why.

An arrest warrant was issued for Stevens, who’s legal name is Gerald Neely, in October. He was booked recently on charges of theft of more than $1,500 and forgery.

“In the grand scheme of things compared to other charges, they are not that serious. However there is a maximum possible penalty for both of these of up to 10 years in jail,” legal analyst John Fuller said.

The station manager at WBOK contacted authorities after learning that checks intended to pay for radio spots went to Stevens instead, according to court documents. The checks were cashed at a nearby check cashing store, according to court records.

Stevens was released on his own recognizance.

“He has no criminal record,” Fuller said. “A lot of times when people are arrested on nonviolent offenses, a judge will look at their record take into account the seriousness of the charges and then deem it permissible to release them on their own recognizance.”