An Evans woman has been charged with stealing checks from an elderly couple for whom she was a caregiver and cashing them for her own personal benefit.
Linda Carol Eggleston, 52, 27 School House Drive, Evans, was charged with two counts each of forgery and uttering.
On Feb. 4, an individual went to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department to report thefts from his parents’ checking account at United Bank, according to a criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Magistrate Court.
The individual reported that Eggleston, his cousin, worked the night shift as a caretaker for his parents, who are elderly and unable to fully care for themselves, the complaint states.
The individual went on to state that sometime prior to Feb. 4, he received a call from United Bank alerting him to several check discrepancies from his parents’ checking account. When he went to the bank, he was told that several checks were made out to Eggleston for several different amounts, the complaint alleges.
The checks began on or around Oct. 1, 2018, and went through Dec. 31, 2018. There were 20 checks in all totaling $5,120, according to the complaint.
The individual provided police with bank paperwork and stated the checks were not authorized to Eggleston by either of his parents. He also reported several bank withdrawals via electronic check for power bills and medical payments, the complaint states.
On Feb. 5, Detective Sgt. M.E. Cullen went to Eggleston’s residence and requested that she drive to the sheriff’s department and meet with him regarding this case. Eggleston agreed and went to the sheriffs department on her own accord and in her own vehicle, the complaint states.
Cullen learned that Eggleston stole checks one at a time from the victims, wrote each one to herself, and forged one of the victim’s names before cashing them at one of the two United Bank locations in Ripley. Eggleston denied using any electronic checks for utility and medical bill payments, according to the complaint.