A man who used to live in Winslow has been charged with multiple counts of theft and forgery after allegedly writing personal checks he stole from his former girlfriend.

Winslow Police Chief Shawn O’Leary said Tuesday that police had issued a court summons to Michael Joseph Garland, 29, of Nantucket, Massachusetts, for four counts of theft by receiving stolen property and five counts of forgery, all class C felonies.

Garland is accused of writing four checks from his former girlfriend’s personal account to pay for services, including car repairs, O’Leary said. In total, Garland forged $599 worth of checks, O’Leary said, but it is also considered to have stole the services, since they were paid for with stolen money. That means that he is actually responsible of more than $1,000 in stolen money, making the charges felonies, O’Leary added.

The first stolen check was reported in June and investigators have worked since then to track down the missing money, including finding a video of Garland with one of the stolen and forged checks at a KSW Federal Credit Union location.

The checks were stolen and forged before Garland moved to Massachusetts, O’Leary said. The money will be recovered through a restitution process, he added.

A class C charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.


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