EDWARDSVILLE — A former Granite City man was charged Oct. 29 in Madison County Circuit Court with felony charges of financial exploitation of an elderly person or a person with a disability and four counts of forgery, a Class 3 felony, according to a press release from Madison County Sheriff John D. Lakin.
Police identified the suspect as Daniel J. Moutria, 52, of the 1000 block of S. Webster Street in Harrisburg.
The Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in rural Granite City at approximately 4:23 p.m. Aug. 1 in regards to a forgery and possible financial exploitation of an elderly person or person with a disability complaint. It was determined that a subject had been forging checks and stealing money from the victims’ checking and savings accounts. A sheriff’s deputy initiated an investigation into the forgery report and documented his findings. The suspect was identified during the investigation as Moutria, a family member of the victim.
A review of facts by the Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office was conducted and Moutria was formally charged. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office coordinated efforts with the Harrisburg Illinois Police Department to take Moutria into custody on the warrant. Harrisburg police located Moutria during the evening of Oct. 30 and took him into custody on the warrant. Moutria was transported to the Saline County Jail, where he was held pending bond or extradition proceedings.
The warrant and information on Moutria was signed by Judge Neil Schroeder. Bond was set at $80,000.