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Man accused of stealing $24K from woman in medical facility

Posted June 9, 2009

— Wayne County sheriff's investigators say that a Dudley man forged more than 60 checks against the bank account of a woman in long-term medical care.

Deputies arrested Thomas Woodrow Rice Sr., 50, of 303 Waldrop Road, on 28 charges of forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretenses. He was being held in the Wayne County Jail Tuesday under a $100,000 secured bond.

Investigators said that Rice began writing checks against a bank account belonging to Janice Jeffries after she entered long-term medical care in August 2008. Approximately $24,000 was stolen from her and spent on registering Rice's vehicles, his power bills, buying a vehicle and other cash purchases, investigators said.

Adult Protective Services supervisors alerted the sheriff's office about the case.

According to the state Department of Correction records, Rice has a lengthy criminal record dating from 1976. He has numerous convictions for forgery, passing worthless checks and larceny.


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  • Dalphine Jun 9, 2009

    Identify threft is very serious and on the rise. My mother identity was stolen by a lady three years and we are still dealing with it. It seems like they should be able to catch her. We had to assist my mother with all types of paperwork to let them know my mother did open all these accounts. The lady did get fired from her job and that was good.

  • CarolinianByChoice Jun 9, 2009

    aquamarine46, perhaps he was acquainted with her somehow before she entered long term medical care and took advantage of that relationship? (The article does not state he was working at the facility she went to).

    One can only hope that this is his Third Strike.

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  • commonsensical Jun 9, 2009

    aquamarine46: affirmative action, maybe?

  • aquamarine46 Jun 9, 2009

    I'm wondering why he was even working at a long term care facility. Was his background not checked prior to hiring him? There are enough GOOD people looking for jobs, that no one of this man's lack of character should have been working anyplace he would have access to anyone else's money. What a shame!

  • lbnblakesmom Jun 9, 2009

    Somehow I knew this guy was from Wayne Co. We really do have good people living here.