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Police: Utica man stole $26,000 from elderly relative

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Utica man has been charged after authorities say he stole $26,000 from an elderly relative.

According to Utica Police, after receiving a complaint, Investigator Edward Smith began a lengthy investigation and found that money was missing from the victim's account from April 2009 through August 2010.

It is alleged that over that time, Timothy, McGurk, 45, of Utica, used the elderly relative's checkbook and wrote several checks to himself to pay his personal bills, signing the victim's name. The amount totaled $26,000.

During his investigation, Investigator Smith was greatly assisted by Kristin Palmer, who is a coordinator with the Office for the Aging, police said.

McGurk is now charged with third-degree grand larceny and second-degree forgery.

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