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Sullivan County man charged with exploitation of elderly person

Staff report • Oct 29, 2018 at 10:26 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — Police report that forged checks have led to an indictment for financial exploitation of an elderly adult.

According to a press release from the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, in May the victim reported several checks as stolen. SCSO Det. Matt Harrison investigated the case, finding nearly $4,000 worth in checks had been unlawfully passed by someone forging the victim's signature.

Marcus Hale, 40, of Bristol, Tennessee, was identified as a suspect. Harrison recently presented the case to a Sullivan County grand jury, obtaining indictments against Hale on several charges: 16 counts of forgery, theft of more than $2,500 and financial exploitation of an elderly or vulnerable adult.

Police said that prior to the grand jury presentment, Hale was already jailed on charges of aggravated child abuse, aggravated domestic assault, bond revocation and failure to appear. Last week he was served with the indictment on the new charges.

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