Arizona Man Arrested in Theft, Forgery Case

July 24, 2009

Authorities have arrested a Mesa, Ariz., man who’s accused of forging checks and running up charges on a dead woman’s credit card.

Mesa police say 37-year-old David J. Simon was arrested on suspicion of theft, forgery and identity theft in connection to forging Rea Rubino’s signature on checks and credit cards, totaling more than $15,000. Police say Simon also received $9,300 that was surrendered from her life insurance policy.

Rubino’s son told police that his mother died April 9 and Simon and his girlfriend were using his mother’s identity to obtain goods and services by forging her name.

Police say Simon and his girlfriend claimed they were starting an adult home care facility and had moved in with Rubino and they started using her personal bank account and credit cards in October.

It isn’t immediately known if Simon

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