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Local man indicted for alleged theft, exploitation of an elder
Anthony Lane Keeton
Anthony Lane Keeton

A Forsyth County man has been indicted on multiple counts of felony theft by taking for allegedly stealing $240,000 from an elderly neighbor’s bank account. 

Anthony Lane Keeton, 36, of Forsyth County was formally charged by a grand jury in the Superior Court of Forsyth County on Dec. 10 with 18 felony counts of theft by taking and one felony count of exploitation and intimidation of an elder person, according to court documents. 

According to Cpl. Doug Rainwater, spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, Keeton was arrested on April 11, 2017, after deputies were called to a bank in Cumming, in reference to a local man that discovered unauthorized online transactions on his account totaling about $240,000 dating back to August 2015.

The man told authorities that he could not have made the online charges because he only writes checks for his account, does not own a phone or a computer and does not know how to get online, Rainwater said.

An incident report states that Keeton was identified by the victim’s daughter as the “only person to have contact” with her father, working odd jobs for him and transporting him to and from the bank. 

“(Keeton) was investigated right off the bat and was the only person who would have had access to this type of information,” Rainwater said. 

Rainwater said that they believe that Keeton obtained the banking information while working for the victim and used it online.

A representative for Keeton could not be reached for comment as of press time. 

This case will be presided over by Forsyth County Judge Philip C. Smith and will be prosecuted by assistant district attorney Ramsey R. Magaro.