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DECATUR — A Decatur man told a judge Wednesday he is ready to plead guilty to check fraud that cost his parents more than $6,000.

Dalton C. Elder, 28, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court and, through his public defender David Ellison, told Judge Phoebe Bowers he wanted to change his previous not guilty plea to guilty.

Elder also told the judge he was waiving his right to a preliminary hearing, and Bowers set his case over for a disposition hearing Friday before Judge Jeffrey Geisler.

A sworn affidavit from Decatur police detective Christopher Kretsinger said Elder took a box of checks from his parents’ Sullivan home and forged checks totaling $6,336.67. Multiple checks were cashed in March in Mattoon and Decatur until the parents became aware of the fraud on March 22 and reported it to the Moultrie County Sheriff’s Office, which in turn contacted Decatur police.

The parents also told police their son had intercepted a J.C. Penney card mailed to their home and had used it to buy a ring priced at $3,300.

Kretsinger said Elder told people receiving the checks he was allowed a monthly stipend from his parents that he could access through presigned checks.

Kretsinger said Elder had told one woman friend to cash and keep $5,000 of his money in her bank account so he “would not spend it all at once because he has a drug addiction.”

Elder remained in the Macon County Jail on Wednesday night in lieu of posting $10,000 bond.

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Macon County Courts Reporter

Macon County courts reporter for the Herald & Review.

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