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Thursday, March 22 News

Son charged for forging $25,400 in checks

Christopher Pinto, 42, of 70 Christie Hill Road, Darien, was arrested Jan. 16 on charges of six counts of third-degree forgery and one count of fifth-degree larceny after his mother claims he stole $25,400 from her, according to police.

She reported the theft to police Jan. 13 after her monthly retirement check from Wells Fargo had not arrived, police said. According to the report, the bank told her that several checks had been used from the account.

However, according to police, the woman said she never wrote a check against that account nor had she authorized someone to do so on her behalf.

Six checks totaling $7,540 had been written from the account, one of which was made out to the attorney that Pinto had used on several occasions for previous legal matters, police said.

She then checked with First County Bank, where she does her personal banking, and discovered that 41 fraudulent checks, totaling $17,870, had been written against the account over the span of several months, police said. She did not write, police said, and some were made out to Pinto's attorney.

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Pinto told police that it was all a misunderstanding and denied forging the checks. He told police that his mother frequently gave him checks to pay for bills associated with her business.

He was released on $1,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 24.