Man is charged with stealing from wife

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.

Reach Sandy Hodson at (706) 823-3226 or sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com.