RHODESDALE A Dorchester County Sheriff's deputy arrested a Rhodesdale man Wednesday for allegedly forging checks and stealing $6,800 from a woman's Hebron Savings Bank account from Jan. 1 to Feb. 18.
Jennis Tyrone Rideout, 52, of 4909 Maiden Forest Road, was charged with 12 counts of forgery of private documents, 12 counts of issuing a false document, maintaining a theft scheme over $500, nine counts of theft more than $500 and three counts of theft less than $500. Rideout is being held at the Dorchester County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.
According to charging documents, Ruth Rideout reported to the sheriff's office Feb. 19 that the Vienna branch of the Hebron Bank contacted her about checks cashed by Mr. Rideout. Ms. Rideout told police a book of checks were missing from where she hides the checks in her home.
Mr. Rideout wrote 12 checks out to himself for a total of $6,800 from Jan. 1 to Feb. 18. Each time Mr. Rideout signed Ms. Rideout's name on the check. Ms. Rideout told police she did not write any checks out to Mr. Rideout or give him permission to write the checks.
Mr. Rideout has been charged in Wicomico County with 12 counts of forgery of private documents, 12 counts of issuing a false document and theft scheme over $500 in connection with the Dorchester County charges. Mr. Rideout is accused of forging checks from last November to February. Mr. Rideout's bond is set at $10,000 in Wicomico County.
Mr. Rideout is scheduled to appear in Wicomico County District Court May 8 and in Dorchester County District Court May 27. The relationship between Mr. Rideout and Ms. Rideout was not clear.