- Associated Press - Monday, September 18, 2017

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) - A Connecticut contractor has been charged with theft after police say he cashed checks written in the name of a dead man.

The Stamford Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/2yk60dl ) police were alerted after the brother of 62-year-old John Shugure noticed suspicious withdrawals from Shugure’s checking account after his death in July 2016.

Police say the brother found three checks totaling $84,000 written by Shugure to 37-year-old John Gallo that were cashed the following August. The checks had memos reading “clean,” ”fix and repair” and “loan.”

Police Sgt. Steve Perrotta says Gallo did not do the money’s worth of repair work, as Shugure’s apartment was in disrepair after he died. Gallo has been charged with first-degree larceny.

Gallo’s attorney says his client did not commit a crime.

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