A Mill Creek man is facing three felony charges after he allegedly attempted to steal money from his mother via her personal checking and PayPal accounts.
Alan R. Taylor Jr., 25, is free on bond after being arrested Monday and charged with one felony count of forgery, one felony count of uttering and one felony count of fraudulent use of an access device. The charges stem from incidents that took place in April.
According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk's office, Sgt. P.B. Cork with the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police received a complaint from Alan Taylor's mother, Maria Lynn Taylor, at noon on April 29. Maria Taylor informed Cork two personal checks had been removed from her residence on April 22.
Maria Taylor told Cork she confronted her son, Alan Taylor, about the missing checks. He first denied taking the checks, but then allegedly admitted to stealing them, the complaint states. Maria Taylor showed Cork a copy of a check on which her son had allegedly forged her signature before cashing it for $60 at Bob's Mini Mart in Mill Creek.
However, Maria Taylor said her son had since reimbursed her in the amount of $60, the complaint states. Alan Taylor returned a second check he allegedly stole from his mother. It was unused, although writing on it "had been scratched out and drawn through," Cork wrote in the report.
Alan Taylor allegedly gave Cork a statement in which he admitted to having taken both checks from his mother and cashing one at Bob's Mini Mart.
In her April 29 complaint, Maria Taylor also told Cork that when Alan Taylor had been at her home April 22, she thought he was using her computer to access his Facebook account. Maria Taylor later learned her son allegedly made several purchases on eBay, paying for the items - various four-wheeler parts - with her PayPal account, which is linked to her personal checking account, the complaint states.
Alan Taylor apparently gave Cork a statement in which he said he was using his mother's computer merely to check four-wheeler prices.
"Mr. Taylor advised he was on the eBay website, but did not know how it worked and the transactions 'accidentally' went through," Cork wrote. "Mr. Taylor advised he did not enter any passwords, and no one was helping him while he was on eBay." Alan Taylor reportedly told the sergeant he subsequently received several items in the mail, including a clutch cable, a front sprocket, a back sprocket and a chain.
Alan Taylor allegedly spent a total of $142.92 on four-wheeler parts using his mother's PayPal account, according to documentation provided by Maria Taylor, who also told Cork she didn't know how her son accessed her account since she hadn't given him her password.
Cork noted in the complaint that he is "aware that access to a specific eBay account requires a user name and password. (I am) also aware that access to a PayPal account also requires a user name and password."
The penalty for a conviction of either forgery or uttering is imprisonment for one to 10 years in the state penitentiary, or, in the discretion of the court, confinement in the regional jail for up to a year and a fine of up to $500.
The penalty for a conviction of fraudulent use of an access device is a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment for up to 10 years in the state penitentiary or both.
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