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Victims report checks stolen, forged & cashed by relative

Eugene E. Egler

A man is facing forgery charges after allegedly stealing, signing and cashing checks taken from relatives following visits to their home.

Eugene E. Egler, 44, of Blountstown, was arrested March 31 after two victims discovered they were missing 15 checks from two different accounts.  All but one check was cashed at the Piggly Wiggly in Blountstown, according to a report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office.  Security video was found showing Egler making some of the transactions at the grocery store.

The checkbooks had been out on a counter at the home during one of Egler’s visits.

After realizing their checkbooks were out of sequence, relatives became suspicious of Egler due to his arrest history.  In August 2007, he was charged with exploitation of an elderly or disabled person and fraudulent use of a credit card. He was convicted on that charge and sentenced to two years in prison. In 2012, he was charged with 31 counts of fraudulent use of a credit card.

The report from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office indicated that the handwriting on the checks matched that on Egler’s Florida Driver’s License.

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