A Richland County man accused of forging his deceased mother's checks could be indicted after having his case transferred from Norwalk Municipal Court.
Shawn Shiffer, 36, of Shiloh, had his case moved to Huron County Common Pleas Court after waiving his preliminary hearing Tuesday. He is charged with two counts each of theft and forgery in connection with a July 7 incident.
"He was on parole or probation through Crawford County at the time of this incident," Norwalk Law Director Stuart O'Hara said. In 2001, Shiffer was convicted of armed robbery stemming from a Crestline incident.
"He served significant time and (was) recently released," added Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Dane Howard.
Locally, authorities have accused the Shiloh man of forging the signature of his late mother's Social Security checks and cashing them at a Sandusky Street, Plymouth, grocery store. Shiffer's mother died in April or May.
"It appears to be a drug-related crime," Howard said. "It appears he used that money to support his drug issues."
Shiffer is accused of obtaining his mother's May and June checks for $811 each, Howard said. The detective added that the grocery store realized the checks were forged after the U.S. Treasury discovered what happened and "took the money back."
The defendant currently is in custody at the Huron County Jail.