Monday, July 15, 2013
A Salina man is accused of stealing nearly $4,000 in social security checks from his grandson.
55 year old Patrick Wirtz was arrested Friday on theft and forgery charges.
His grandson, Andrew Charles, tells us he went to live with his grandfather about ten years ago, after his father died. Charles started receiving social security checks and at the time, his grandfather was in charge of the money because Charles was a minor.
"It was coming in my grandfather's name and that was until I turned 18 and it was for my half of the bills, the electricity I used, clothes for school, bills,” Charles said.
Charles said what he didn't know what that when he turned 18 in January, the checks started coming in his name. He says his grandfather didn't tell him and was forging his signature to cash the checks.
According to police, Wirtz cashed five checks since January, for a total of $3,850 dollars.
“We take these reports seriously, we look into them and you can see here that's what we do," Salina Police Deputy Chief Carson Mansfield said.
Wirtz was arrested Friday and has since been released on bond.