PROVO — A Springville man was arrested Friday after police say he tried to steal thousands of dollars from a former employer through forged and stolen checks.

Preston Brimley, 21, was arrested for investigation of three counts of forgery and 37 counts of theft by deception.

After his arrest, Brimley told police he wrote the checks from Amano Chocolates to himself because he needed money, according to a police affidavit filed in 4th District Court. A total of 36 checks were written — one for more than $1,500, 25 for more than $500 and 10 for less than $500, according to the affidavit.

Brimley told police he continued to write the checks and increase the amount he wrote them for because he did not get caught, the affidavit states.

Brimley wrote the first check in Jan. 7 and continued until June 22, according to the affidavit. The employer at Amano Chocolates found out about one of the checks, and Brimley agreed to repay the amount. Brimley made one payment, but the employer found out about the other 35 checks and contacted police, the affidavit states.

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— Justin Ritter

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