A 21-year-old Wellington man and his girlfriend have been charged with cashing more than $400 worth of checks allegedly stolen from the man's mother.
Joseph J. Dispenza and Danielle A. Mazer, 19, were booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Tuesday on charges of forgery, uttering a forged instrument, grand theft and scheming to defraud.
The duo used the money to buy pain pills, Mazer told investigators.
The couple was staying with Dispenza's mother, Jamie Dispenza, at her suburban Boynton Beach home when the alleged thefts occurred, according to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office probable cause arrest affidavit.
"Awww, man, my mom sold me out," Joseph Dispenza said as deputies arrested him at his cousin's house Tuesday. He was released Wednesday afternoon on his supervised own recognizance, jail records indicate.
Mazer remained in custody in lieu of $1,000 bond late Wednesday night.
Jamie Dispenza told authorities she noticed suspicious withdrawals that nearly depleted her checking account. From Sept. 27 to Oct. 4, four checks totaling $465 were written to and cashed by Joseph Dispenza, the affidavit alleges.
]Jamie told investigators that she keeps her check book in a kitchen drawer, and alleged that either her son or Mazer stole the checks.
Bank security footage showed Joseph Dispenza and Mazer using the drive-through teller window during each of the check-cashing transactions, the affidavit stated.
Mazer told investigators that Joseph stole the checks and wrote his name on them, and that she then forged his mother's signature.
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