A Kingston man led his landlord to believe he was helping him out by writing out checks to pay bills for him, but instead was writing them out to himself, according to an affidavit. Ernest J. Taylor, 52, of 34 S. Loveland Ave., was charged with a single misdemeanor count of theft and seven felony counts each of forgery and identity theft for financially exploiting 84-year-old Stanley Kuboski for $1,246.
Kingston detectives started investigating after the area Agency on Aging received a confidential complaint July 10 about “seven suspicious checks made out to Mr. Taylor,” the affidavit said. Investigators interviewed Kuboski, who said Taylor would often offer to help pay Kuboski’s bills by filling out checks since Taylor moved in next door about a year ago, the affidavit said. When investigators showed him the checks that were made out to Taylor, however, Kuboski said he never authorized any of them. Read more »