After an investigation, deputies determined that 49-year-old Thomas Rice of Dudley, NC had written approximately 60 checks from the victim's account.
Investigators say Thomas wrote checks to register his vehicle with the DMV, to pay his power bills and to purchase a vehicle.
Deputies arrested Thomas Monday. He is charged with 28 counts of forgery of an instrument, uttering a forged instrument and obtaining property by false pretenses.
His is being held in the Wayne County Jail under a $100,000 bond.