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Rumford man pleads guilty to cashing late mother's annuity checks
PARIS -- A Rumford man who collected his mother's insurance annuity payments for more than three years after her death pleaded guilty Tuesday in Oxford County Superior Court.
Rupert Malchisky, 57, pleaded guilty to forgery and theft by deception. He was sentenced to one year, all suspended, and two years of probation. He must also pay $1,200 in restitution to Allstate Insurance Co.
Malchisky was originally charged with Class B forgery and theft. Both charges were amended to Class C in exchange for his guilty plea.
According to Assistant District Attorney Joseph O'Connor, Malchisky's mother was receiving annual annuity payments from Allstate Insurance Co. until her death in April 2008. O'Connor said Malchisky began taking and cashing those checks until August 2011, when Allstate learned of his mother's death and hired an investigator.
The investigator found Malchisky and his ex-wife had cashed more than $12,000 in checks meant for Malchicky's mother. They turned the case over to the Maine State Police, who interviewed Malchisky's ex-wife.
She told investigators that she'd attempted to stop the insurance payments. She said Malchisky had coerced her to sign the checks. The couple divorced in 2010, and she has since obtained a protection from abuse order against him.
O'Connor said the state is only seeking $1,200 in restitution because Malchisky has no ability to pay back the money he stole from Allstate Insurance Co. His probation dictates that he not have contact with his ex-wife. Malchisky was arrested on July 31 for violating the protective order.