Man accused of stealing $24K from woman in medical facility
Wayne County sheriff's investigators say that Thomas Woodrow Rice Sr., 50, of Dudley, forged more than 60 checks against a woman in long-term medical care.Posted — Updated
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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