A Homosassa man is charged with stealing more than $500 from his grandparents when he took the couple’s checks and forged their signatures.
Citrus County Sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday, Feb. 17, arrested Bradley William Sparks, 25, of Homosassa and charged him with five counts of uttering a forged check and five counts of forgery with intent to defraud.
The arrest began when the couple notified sheriff’s deputies of the theft of their checks after their banks alerted them of multiple checks being cashed.
The deputy reported that the couple said they occasionally hired their grandson to come to their home to do work around their house and property, according to the arrest report.
The couple, who also live in Homosassa, told the arresting deputy that they saw Sparks go into their bedroom, but thought nothing of it at the time.
The couple said they became suspicious only after their banks contacted them about multiple checks being cashed, according to Sparks’ arrest report.
The couple each had their own bank accounts. The first victim had four forged checks totaling $250 and the second victim had one check totaling $295, according to the arrest report.
The couple told the deputy they always paid their grandson in cash and not by check, according to the arrest report.
The deputy went to Sparks’ home and reported that he showed the grandson copies of the checks and asked if he recognized the documents, according to the arrest report.
The arresting deputy reported Sparks’ replied that he recognized the checks, according to the report. The deputy said he then asked how did he recognize the checks and Sparks replied that he had filled them out and forged the signatures.
The arresting deputy asked how Sparks had gotten the checks and Sparks replied that he had stolen them from his grandparents, according to the report.
The deputy arrested Sparks and took him to the Citrus County jail. His bond was $20,000.