Jul 8, 2014 10:39 PM by Marissa Esquivel
YAVAPAI COUNTY - YCSO has arrested a 21-year old man for allegedly forging checks that his grandmother has made out to him.
According to deputies, a bank in Prescott Valley reported a possible check fraud. When deputies arrived, a 74-year-old victim told them her grandson, Forrest Richards, 21, had forged checks leading to a loss of more than $1,000.
Deputies looked at 7 checks on the victim's account written out to Forrest Richards and signed using the victim's name. Comparing the signature on these checks to the victim's actual signature indicated the checks had been forged.
The checks used were kept in the victim's bedroom. The victim believed Forrest had stolen and forged the checks over the last couple of weeks.
Deputies went to the victim's home and found Forrest. When deputies searched him, they found a spoon containing heroin residue and a syringe.
During an interview, Richards admitted to the theft and forgery of his grandmother's checks. He indicated a drug addiction was the primary cause for needing cash. He was also found in possession of the victim's credit card.
Richards was booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center on charges including seven counts each of Forgery, Fraud, Identity Theft, Theft, and one count involving the Theft of a Credit Card. He remains in-custody on a $15,000 bond.