GREAT BARRINGTON >> A town man has been sentenced to a year in jail for bilking a local woman and her late mother out of $2,067.
Alex G. Mills, 30, of Lime Kiln Road, and his girlfriend were taken in by the women in September 2014, "because they were homeless, and I wanted to give them a chance" to get their lives together, the woman told Great Barrington Police.
But in June of this year, she noticed a piece of jewelry belonging to her mother was missing, she said. She spoke to Mills and his girlfriend, but both denied knowing about the disappearance.
Several months later, the woman told police, she was contacted by an official of Berkshire Bank who wanted to verify that the signatures on several checks in her mother's account were valid. The victim's mother died in September.
Most of the checks were made out to Mills for amounts between $80 to $120. Others, in smaller amounts, were made out to a local package store.
The woman confirmed that her mother had not written checks. Mills was arrested in October.
He was convicted in Southern Berkshire District Court to one count of larceny over $250 by a single scheme, 22 counts of forgery by check and 21 counts of uttering false checks.
Judge Matthew Shea also ordered that Mills be placed on probation following his sentence until Nov. 16, 2020.
Mills also was found guilty, in a separate case, of filing a false police report and was sentenced to eight days in jail.