PARIS — A Rumford man pleaded guilty to forging more than $11,000 in checks Tuesday in Oxford County Superior Court.
David J. Hodgkins, 32, pleaded guilty to forgery, a class B crime, for stealing the checkbook of a man who hired him for handy work and writing himself nine checks totaling $11,700 between May 25 and July 6 of 2011.
His sentencing was continued until July 27. His attorney, Ron Hoffman, said Hodgkins plans to make a restitution payment up front.
Assistant District Attorney Joseph O'Connor said a 75-year-old man reported theft and cashing of checks to the Rumford Police Department in July 2011. He said he'd never written the checks to Hodgkins, who was working on his roof.
Rumford police interrogated Hodgkins, who confessed to the crime. He said he was sorry and wrote a long letter of apology to the victim. Hoffman said Hodgkins plans to pay back the money he stole.