HORICON -- The daughter of a Brant Lake business owner who is serving a federal prison sentence for tax evasion has been arrested on three felony charges for allegedly writing unauthorized checks on his bank account.
Margo A. Mead, 25, faces three felony counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office. She is accused of possessing stolen, forged checks drawn on an account owned by her father, Stuart A. Mead, longtime owner of Mead’s Cottages on Brant Lake.
Warren County sheriff’s Lt. Steven Stockdale said Margo Mead is accused of stealing more than $1,000 by cashing forged checks. But he said Stuart Mead believes as much as $30,000 was stolen from him, and the police investigation is continuing.
The complaint was made Dec. 5, about two weeks before Stuart Mead was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison for tax evasion related to his business.
The case is the second time in the last five years that Stuart Mead was victimized by a loved one.
In 2009, his then-girlfriend stole $117,000 in cash from Mead. She pleaded guilty to felony grand larceny.
It was the theft of that money that led to an Internal Revenue Service investigation. The IRS determined he had failed to claim more than $350,000 in income from his business over a five-year period.
He pleaded guilty to a felony tax evasion charge and is serving the prison term at Devens Federal Correctional Facility in Massachusetts.
Sheriff’s investigators Russ Lail and John Maday are handling the Margo Mead case.