43-year old Kimberly Kirby is charged with 9 counts of forgery and 9 counts of uttering forged instruments. All are felonies.
Investigators said the victim's father died in August 2007 and left his daughter his social security for her support. The girl, who was 16 years old at the time, was best friends with Kirby's daughter and moved into Kirby's home. She had intended to stay there until she graduated high school.
Kirby was told that upon the girls' 18th birthday the checks would be mailed directly to the victim. In October 2009, Kirby told the girl the checks were no longer coming in and she would not receive any more money.
A witness later came to detectives and reported that Kirby had been receiving the checks and cashing them without the knowledge of the victim.
The witness told officials Kirby said she used the money to bail out her failed business venture.
Kirby's bond was set at $90,000 unsecured. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance Friday, Feb. 3.