Chambersburg man allegedly found writing 30 phony checks, using stolen money for sports gambling

19 January 2024- A Chambersburg man is facing charges after he allegedly swiped over 30 checks from his mother while she was being treated for an illness. Eric Lamont Teal is charged with thirty felony counts of forgery- unauthorized act in writing. Teal is free on an unsecured bail of $25,000.

Chambersburg PD officers were originally notified of a possible forgery on December 15th of 2023 by a family member of the victim. Officers allegedly learned that a female victim was staying at a rehabilitation center due to COVID and had been there for around 5 weeks at the time of the report. During that time, the victim’s son, Eric Teal, had been staying at her residence in the borough.

While the victim was in the center, other people including Teal were taking care of her finances. When bank statements were examined, it was reportedly discovered that multiple checks had been cashed after being written out to Eric Teal with a signature on the back of them. The victim’s bank allegedly told police around $1,500 in checks were written to Teal, with all of them having “payroll” in the memo line. When officers questioned the victim, she allegedly said that she had left her checkbook at home in a dresser drawer and that Eric Teal was not given permission to use it.

A fraud report was made through the victim’s bank, resulting in investigators learning that 30 total checks had been written for a total of $1,510. All of those checks were written for Eric Teal.

CPD quickly made contact with Teal at his home, with him allegedly confirming that he wrote the checks to himself. Citing financial troubles and saying he was planning on paying his mother back for the money, police say Teal confirmed he stole the checkbook after finding it in the dresser drawer. Teal also allegedly noted he cashed the checks through an online banking app and was using the funds for online gambling through Draft Kings.

Eric Teal is free on an unsecured bail of $25,000. His preliminary hearing is set for February 6th.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39201-CR-0000017-2024, Incident No.: C202314243