PALM HARBOR — A 54-year-old man cashed more than $5,600 in Social Security checks that were erroneously issued to his dead aunt, authorities said.
On Monday, Brian B. Fransen, of 37376 U.S. 19 N, was charged with felony grand theft.
According to an arrest report, Fransen had someone else forge his aunt's signature on 17 checks written between November 2008 and February 2010, then he deposited them into his personal bank account.
Court records show Fransen has at least two previous convictions for violating his probation on worthless check charges.
Fransen was released from the Pinellas County Jail later Monday after posting $5,000 bail.