NORTH HAVEN — A Hamden man faces charges after police said he cashed three fraudulent checks for over $5,000 from a local woman’s bank account.
Toney Askins, 68, of 306D Pine Rock Rd., Apt. D5, Hamden, was charged Monday with third-degree larceny, fourth-degree larceny and third-degree forgery.
On April 17 a North Haven woman reported there was fraudulent activity on her mother’s bank account, according to the arrest warrant. The woman, her mother’s conservator, saw two checks were cashed for large amounts by Askins, who she did not know.
Police investigated and suspected the mother’s caretakers may have taken the checks, the warrant said. It is unclear from court documents how many people were involved or if any others have been charged by police.
Police confirmed through bank records and security video that Askins cashed checks for $2,200, $1,500 and $1,700, the warrant said. The checks stated the payment was for plumbing or home renovation work.
Askins was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Tuesday. According to statements in court, Askins has a criminal history including driving under the influence and domestic violence charges. The judge set bond at $50,000 and continued the case to July 31.