Posted: Apr 22, 2013 11:22 AM by Beth Saboe
BOZEMAN - A Gallatin County man is facing four felony charges after allegedly breaking into his father's home, forging documents and going on a spending spree.
David T. Wilson, 22, was taken into custody on Friday and authorities have charged him with burglary, forgery, issuing bad checks and deceptive practices, all felonies.
According to court papers, Wilson is from Bozeman but currently homeless. He's accused of stealing nearly $30,000 from his father by several means, including forging his dad's signature to obtain a credit card and student loan. The charging documents state that Wilson admitted to the theft and told police he committed the crimes to support a cocaine and methamphetamine habit.
Law enforcement believes the theft started in February 2013.
Authorities said Wilson admitted to forging his father's signature to obtain a credit card and charged over $18,000 within four days of receiving it. The majority of those charges were made in Las Vegas. Wilson also admitted to producing fraudulent documentation to get a student loan. He said he received $2,000 from Sallie Mae, but had no intention of using the money for college tuition.
Wilson also told police he illegally entered his father's home and stole a book of checks that was linked to a closed account and held in the name of the elder Wilson and his business, Wilco Management Corp. Bank records show 62 checks written on that account for a total of $5,666.52.
The Gallatin County Sheriff's department said Wilson arrived at the Law and Justice center to confess to the crimes. He reportedly told authorities the only way he could stay sober would be in jail.