Mount Carmel man accused of stealing mother's pension checks waives
MOUNT CARMEL - A borough man accused of forging his mother's pension checks totaling $1,574.68 waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday.
Joseph Francis Campbell, 56, of 213 S. Vine St., was ordered by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones to appear for plea court June 30 at Northumberland County Courthouse on eight felony counts of forgery filed by Cpl. David Donkochik.
Police said Campbell allegedly forged and cashed eight pension checks belonging to his mother, Rose Marcoon, 86, between Aug. 5 and Nov. 4. Some of the checks were forged after Marcoon was hospitalized, police said.
Jones was recommitted in lieu of $100,000 cash bail to the county jail, where he has been held since his arrest in December on neglect charges involving his mother.
At a pre-trial conference in early February, Campbell indicated he wanted to take the neglect case to trial, but county public defender Paige Rosini said it is possible her client may reach a plea agreement with the district attorney's office.
He was previously charged by Donkochik with felonies of neglect of a care-dependent person and forgery.
Police said Campbell was the primary caregiver for his mother at their South Vine Street home.