Man Accused Of Stealing Checks From Sick Neighbor

A Wayne County man is accused using stolen checks from a neighbor to buy a vehicle, pay his electric bills and even register his vehicle with the DMV. That neighbor has been in prolonged medical care since last August.

Thomas Rice, Sr. is charged with forging some $24,000 in checks from the woman's bank account. Deputies say the Department of Social Services alerted them about the missing money.

Rice was arrested Monday on 28 counts each of forgery, uttering a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretenses. Rice is in jail on a $100,000 secured bond.

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  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jun 9, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    Another candidate for the Gulag as soon as the US gets around to building it.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Jun 9, 2009 at 10:04 AM
    What concern's me most about this, and most people are so overwhelmed by the man's actions is WHO ALLOWED HIM? No one looks at the name on the check anymore? So basically what this story tell's me is that I can get "john doe's" check and go down to the STATE DMV OFFICE, and they won't even be the least bit concerned that I am not john doe, nor do I have my name anywhere on the check? Hmm..
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Jun 9, 2009 at 09:47 AM
    This man has officially qualified to run for political office.
  • by Dan on Jun 9, 2009 at 09:17 AM
    Huh? Doesn't anyone check ID these days?

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