DECATUR — A Decatur man faces a preliminary charge of forgery after police said he siphoned more than $6,000 from his parents’ bank account using forged checks.
A sworn affidavit also said the 28-year-old man intercepted a J.C. Penney credit card mailed to his parents’ Sullivan home and used it to buy a ring for $3,300. The man denies any involvement in forging the checks, according to the affidavit. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the State’s Attorney’s Office.
Decatur Police detective Christopher Kretsinger said the check frauds came to light March 22 when the man’s parents were contacted by a credit union and told an attempt was being made to cash a $5,000 check on their account with First Mid-Illinois Bank. The man was arrested Tuesday at the Macon County Jail where he was being held on another matter.
“A police investigation determined that checks totaling $6,336.67 had been cashed or deposited in Decatur and which had been stolen from (the parents), forged with the signature of" the man’s father, Kretsinger said.
The parents are quoted as telling police that they had allowed their son to stay with them for a short time and a checkbook was later found missing from a bedroom nightstand.
Kretsinger said checks had been used to buy from various Decatur stores and two checks — for $500 and $800 — were given to a Decatur woman who let the man stay at a rental property she owned. It was this woman’s attempt to cash another check for $5,000 that brought the check frauds to light.
Kretsinger said the woman told police that the man wanted her to keep the $5,000 in her account so he “would not spend it all at once because he has a drug addiction.” He also claimed, she said, that he received a monthly stipend from his parents which he could access through pre-signed checks.
The man remained jailed Wednesday in lieu of posting $10,000 bond.