A 62-year-old Mart man was arrested Tuesday, accused of forging thousands of dollars in checks he stole from a 95-year-old woman, an arrest affidavit states.

Michael Lee Johnson was arrested after an investigation that started when Mart police received a call from a family member of the 95-year-old woman, saying he had not heard from her in a while asking authorities to check on her. The family member also told police in late January he had noticed the woman had spent about $20,000 in the last two months, including through several checks written to Michael Johnson, according to the affidavit.

When police went to the woman's home, she told them she had written some checks to Johnson, each between $30 and $50, and that she went with him every time the checks were cashed, the affidavit states. Then she went through her check book and noticed several checks missing, according to the affidavit.

The woman and her 84-year-old sister, who she lives with, went to a Mart bank and went through check copies, the affidavit states. The women found unauthorized and forged checks that totaled more than $3,400 before they told police they wished to prosecute Johnson, the affidavit states.

The affidavit states Johnson wrote seven checks worth a total of $1,500 that were cashed at a Mart grocery store and three more checks that were forged and cashed at Waco banks, worth a total of $1,900.

Police arrested Johnson on two third-degree felony charges of forgery with an elderly victim and exploitation of the elderly. He was booked into McLennan County Jail, where he remained Wednesday with bond listed at $6,000.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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