Cops: Man paid bills with neighboring elderly widower's bank info

Christopher Campbell (Source: CCDC)
Christopher Campbell (Source: CCDC)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A James Island man was arrested Monday after he was caught using a neighbor's bank account information to pay almost $1,000 in his own AT&T bills, authorities say.

The Charleston Police Department charged 26-year-old Christopher Delaney Campbell with obtaining goods by false pretenses.

According to an incident report, a 70-year-old man's son noticed there were four fraudulent charges on his father's checking account for an AT&T account under Campbell's name on Feb. 1.  The four charges spread over three months and totaled $981.24.

Police say the son had recently gained access to his father's account information in order to help manage his finances, after the passing of the man's wife in Nov. 2012.

The son told police that Campbell, who lived across road from the Champaign Street home, had become a regular guest at his father's house since he had become a widower.

The victim's son said Campbell even referred to his father as "Uncle Mike" and was "considered family."

Police say the fraudulent charges began last mid-November. All the charges were made online using the victim's Wells Fargo account number.

Campbell was taken to the Charleston County Detention Center.

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