(VILLA HILLS, KY) -- A Villa Hills councilman has been charged with forgery, accused of forging child support checks.
Michael Martin turned himself in and bonded out on $2,500 for felony forgery, which is punishable by one to five years in prison. He has not yet been indicted.
According to the Commonwealth's Attorney, Martin's mother was receiving checks from the Ohio Child Support enforcement for back child support from her ex-husband. The woman died in August 2003, but Martin never notified the Ohio Child Support Enforcement of her passing, then forged signatures on some of the checks and deposited them into his own bank. The checks are in excess of $4,000.
The Commonwealth's Attorney says it's possible that the payments that Martin took would have still been due to Martin and his siblings through his mother's probate case, had he not stolen them.
Martin was at the Villa Hills council meeting on Wednesday night saying facts would prove he was innocent, but he didn't not say what those facts were.