On January 24, 2012, Kelley Russell Mauldin, 41, was arrested on three counts of forgery.
Forgery is a third degree felony, however, Mauldin’s charges were enhanced one degree because the alleged victim is 65 or older, in accordance with Texas Penal Code Sec. 32.21.e-1.
Burnet County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Peggy Simon issued the warrants for Mauldin, following an investigation by the Horseshoe Bay Police Department Criminal Investigations Division.
The investigation revealed that Mauldin had allegedly stolen banking checks from a Horseshoe Bay resident that he had befriended more than a year ago while the alleged victim was on vacation.
According to police, Mauldin allegedly wrote checks to himself, totaling $3,750, forged the victim’s signature, and cashed the checks at a Kingsland bank.
Prior to this arrest, Mauldin was arrested and booked into the Burnet County Detention Center on January 2, on twelve counts of Theft by Check Theft by Service, amount He was released on bond on January 4.
According to court records, Mauldin is scheduled for an arraignment on those charges on February 6 with Burnet County Judge Donna Klager presiding. Mauldin was a resident of Horseshoe Bay, but according to police reports, he currently has no permanent address and was staying with friends at the time of his arrest.
He is currently booked into the Burnet County Detention Facility and will be held pending bond arrangements.