Darien Man Charged With Forging Mother's Checks For $25K

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Darien Police charged Christopher Pinto, 42, of Christie Hill Road with forgery and larceny last week. Photo Credit: File

DARIEN, Conn. – A Darien man was accused of stealing more than $25,000 from his mother’s bank account last week, according to police reports.

A Darien woman contacted police last month after learning that checks had been drawn against two of her bank accounts without her permission. The woman reported that six checks had been drawn from a retirement account worth a total of $7,540, and 41 checks were written from another account totaling $17,870, police said.

The woman identified her son Christopher Pinto, 42, of Christie Hill Road, as the suspect in the case, according to police reports. The checks had been written out to cash or to Pinto’s attorney from a previous legal matter, police said Tuesday.

Pinto turned himself in at Darien Police Headquarters on Jan. 16. He told police that the issue was a misunderstanding and denied forging his mother’s name on any of the checks, according to police reports.

Pinto was charged with six counts of third-degree forgery and one count of fifth-degree larceny. He was released after posting $15,000 bond, and is due in court Friday.

The investigation remained open, and more charges were pending, Darien Police said Tuesday.

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