A Chippewa Falls man is accused of cashing a deceased person’s checks, worth more than $16,000, without permission at banking locations in northwestern Wisconsin.
Brian J. Weber, 45, 1612 Terrill St., was charged this week in Eau Claire County Court with felony counts of uttering a forgery and bail jumping.
A warrant was issued for his arrest.
According to the criminal complaint:
An Altoona police officer responded to a forgery call Aug. 2 at Citizens State Bank, 1028 N. Hillcrest Parkway, Altoona.
A bank employee said a man was using a deceased person’s checks to obtain thousands of dollars at bank locations.
The $3,000 check was the only one cashed in Altoona.
Weber is the son of the deceased person’s power of attorney.
Bank employees said Weber had no permission to cash the deceased person’s checks.
Weber’s mother lives in Turtle Lake.
Turtle Lake police were aware that Weber had no permission to cash the checks and had done so at several banks, stealing more than $16,000.
A criminal records check indicated Weber was on probation and had a full extradition arrest warrant.
A cash bail posted by Weber for a 2018 felony case in Polk County prohibited him from committing new crimes.
Weber is being prosecuted as a repeat offender. He was convicted of a felony count of taking and driving a vehicle without consent in February in Barron County.
If convicted of the charges, Weber could be sentenced to up to six years in prison.