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DECATUR — Dalton C. Elder was sentenced to two years in prison Friday for committing check fraud that cost his parents more than $6,000, Macon County court records show. 

Elder, 28, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court on Wednesday and changed his plea in the case to guilty after previously submitting a not guilty plea. He will carry over credit time from being in police custody from May 22 to June 14 and will serve a mandatory supervised release for one year. 

Elder has also been ordered to repay a total $6,336.67 to his parents, the records show. 

A sworn affidavit from Decatur police Detective Christopher Kretsinger said Elder took a box of checks from his parents’ Sullivan home and cashed multiple forged checks in their name in Mattoon and Decatur. His 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. 

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.”
 
Jail records show Elder remained in custody at the Macon County Jail on Friday afternoon. 

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Contact Jaylyn Cook at (217) 421-7980. Follow him on Twitter: @jaylyn_HR

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