FARMINGTON — A Kingfield man is accused of forging a 90-year-old relative’s signature on several documents and using them to take more than $76,000 from that person’s bank account, police said.

Brent T. Adams, 42, was arrested Tuesday on charges of theft by deception and forgery, both Class B felonies, along with a probation violation, according to Farmington police.  

A conviction on each of the charges carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

The funds were taken from a local bank from in January and February. It was discovered when the bank account was almost empty, according to a release from Farmington Detective Marc Bowering.

More charges may be brought, he said.

Adams is scheduled to appear in a Franklin County court on May 24.

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He is being held without bail at the Franklin County jail in Farmington on a probation violation on an unrelated case. His bail for the new charges was set at $5,000 cash, a corrections officer said.

In August 2015, Adams was accused of stealing checks from a 94-year-old woman’s checkbook, forging the woman’s name on them and cashing them.

He faced charges of two counts of theft and two counts of forgery. He was arrested by Franklin County Deputy Colt Bernhardt.

The woman noticed a discrepancy in  her checkbook and discovered two checks were missing. An investigation revealed the stolen checks were made out to Adams. The amount of the checks totaled $110.

Adams admitted to the theft and forgery, blaming it on his drug addiction, Sheriff Scott Nichols Sr. said at that time.

He was also found guilty of forgery in a Farmington court in 2014 and fined $300, according to court documents.


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