Man is charged with stealing from wife

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Investigators are searching for a 68-year-old Augusta man who is accused of taking his wife's life savings without her permission or knowledge.

Everett T. Perrin Jr. has been named in a Richmond County indictment handed down Tuesday. It charges him with 27 counts of forgery.

Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Anita Hopson said Wednesday that Mr. Perrin drained his wife's personal brokerage firm account. And he also helped himself to his stepson's monthly government checks, she said.

In all, according to the indictment, Mr. Perrin is accused of stealing $194,408.

"Basically he was a con man," Investigator Hopson said. He claimed to be retired, but investigators believe that was a ruse. He stayed home during the day and went through the daily mail, removing the checks that arrived, the detective said.

From January through Oct. 3, 2006, Mr. Perrin allegedly cashed 27 checks. No one from the financial institutions where the checks were cashed challenged Mr. Perrin or called his wife, Alice M. Middlebrook, to confirm Mr. Perrin had her permission to cash the checks, Investigator Hopson said.

Ms. Middlebrook has filed for divorce from Mr. Perrin, according to court records.

Investigator Hopson said Mr. Perrin packed a bag and disappeared as soon as he was confronted with the theft. She is confident he will be apprehended.

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pantherluvcik 02/08/07 - 07:30 am
You can't even trust your

You can't even trust your spouse these days. Everyone in this world is all about money. After I confronted him, I promise you the police wouldn't have to find him. Pack a bag, please I don't think so. And he's 68, what is this world coming to? Elderly con artists.

a2 02/08/07 - 09:56 am
Ordinary people usually have

Ordinary people usually have to have multiple ID's and power of attorney do get money from someone's accounti. It just shows that everyone obviously isn;t required to have all of these documents. I would bring charges against the financial institution.

Rose 02/08/07 - 10:58 am
I worked in a store about 8

I worked in a store about 8 years, and we were not allowed to cash a check without the person's ID. If someone wanted to cash a check that was not theirs, that person had to show their own ID AND the ID of the person on the check. Then I had to call the person and get the ok to cash the check,even if I knew the people. Somebody screwed up big time.

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Additional Info 02/08/07 - 12:53 pm
This finanacial institution

This finanacial institution needs to be exposed so the rest of us will know where NOT to do our business. I worked for a credit union and we never gave money to someone unrelated to the account or not named on the check. If he was a joint on the account, then it is possible he could deposit and then withdraw the funds. It would seem the intended recipient would have noticed checks were 'not being received' or a dwindling bank account. Things that make you go hummmm.

NicoleKelly 02/08/07 - 01:06 pm
I think he had inside help.

I think he had inside help. He probably paid the person off a percentage of the check that was cashed

fab5 02/09/07 - 09:18 am
The banks are now suspect,

The banks are now suspect, too. Consider them, too.
Allowing someone to cash checks without calling and notified the other party, something is amiss. Each should be accountable.

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