Police arrested a woman after she forged multiple checks belonging to an elderly woman.

An 84-year-old woman let Sharon Genece Powell, 53, stay in her home for about a month, according to an arrest affidavit. The woman asked Powell to leave after suspecting she was stealing from her, at which point a home health care worker contacted police Dec. 21.

A bank representative contacted the elderly woman, stating one of her checks was made out to Powell and cashed in the 3300 block of East Rancier Avenue in Killeen on Dec. 7.

A bill clerk from another bank showed eight more checks drawn from the elderly woman’s bank account, which were all made out to Powell. One check was written for $200, the affidavit stated. The elderly woman said she did not sign the checks or give Powell permission to sign the checks, and the signatures on the checks were different from a signature provided by the elderly woman.

During the investigation, Powell’s sister said she found a checkbook belonging to the elderly woman in Powell’s possession.

Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin arraigned Powell on Tuesday on a charge of forgery against an elderly individual, setting her bond at $20,000.

Potvin also arraigned:

Gabriel Lashae Jackson, 22, on a burglary of habitation charge. Jackson’s bond is $50,000.

Neil David Schmidt, 53, on a possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram. Schmidt’s bond is $20,000.

Contact Sarah Rafique at srafique@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7549. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

I'm the education reporter at the Killeen Daily Herald. Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SarahRafique

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