Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– A Chicago man was arrested last week and charged with a felony count of forgery when police discovered he allegedly wrote checks to himself from the account of a woman for whom he was caring.
According to police, Officer Hoskins was on patrol in the area of Blackhawk Drive and Miami Street on October 25 when he observed a vehicle traveling northbound on Blackhawk with the driver not wearing a seatbelt. Officer Hoskins stopped and approached the vehicle, asking the driver for his license. The driver, later identified as Cedric R. Nixon, 45, 8201 S. Ada, Chicago, handed the officer his Illinois state identification card and related that his driver’s license was suspended, according to police. Nixon was taken into custody and transported to the Park Forest Police Department. The vehicle was towed per local ordinance.
While conducting a custodial search, Officer Hoskins located a personal check in Nixon’s pants pocket. As he continued to search, Officer Hoskins found two credit cards which did not have Nixon’s name on them. According to police, Nixon spontaneously stated that he works for the person whose name was on the cards. He said he normally has these credit cards because he uses them to buy supplies for the person. According to police, Nixon told them he took one of the victim’s checks and wrote it to himself and signed her name on the check in order to buy supplies for her while she was in the hospital. He stated that he had been doing this because the victim had a stroke and has problems signing her name.
Police interviewed the victim in the hospital who stated that she did not write the check in question and that she has a distinctive signature. She further stated that she did not authorize anyone to sign her name on the check.
Nixon was arrested on October 25 and charged October 26 with one felony count of forgery, not wearing a seatbelt, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, and driving with a suspended driver’s license.