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Palm Beach Man Charged With Forging Checks

The Sun Sentinel reports that a Boynton Beach man has charged with forging and cashing $2,400 worth of checks from his grandfather's account.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said that the 21-year old accused man was charged Wednesday with dealing in stolen property, grand theft, organized scheme to defraud and uttering a forged instrument after he allegedly cashed five checks back in March from two bank accounts belonging to his grandfather.

The 82-year old alleged victim told investigators that he and his wife believe that the 21-year old accused man has a drug problem.

According to a police report, the accused allegedly deposited two checks for $400 apiece into his Bank of America account. The accused also allegedly made two checks worth $600 and one worth $400 out to cash, the report stated.

Dealing in stolen property is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Grand theft (third-degree), organized scheme to defraud, and uttering a forged instrument are all third-degree felonies, given the value of the alleged theft.

If convicted at trial, the accused faces a maximum of 30 years in prison.

Eric Matheny is a criminal defense attorney serving Miami-Dade and Broward. Call today to discuss your case.