EMPLOYER DENIES SHE FORGED FARMHAND’S NAME
Calls 12 Character Witnesses in Trial at Woodbury
CHECKS 'FOR HIM'
June 27- Defense in the trial of Mrs. Alice C. Roberts,
Swedesboro, charged with forgery and uttering, was started
shortly be, for criminal court adjourned today with the
calling of a dozen character witnesses.
Roberts is being tried on one of nine indictments returned by
the May Grand Jury. George W. Miller, 63, former farmhand,
accuses her of forging his mark to a check for $10 dated July
29, 1931, and drawn on the Swedesboro Trust Company,
his short opening to the jury of 12 men, George B; Marshall
said he would show that Miller asked Mrs. Roberts frequently
to draw checks for him and that each time he always touched
the pen, He said Miller asked the woman to do so, after he had
gone to the bank him self previously and came home
now lives at 577 Stevens
Street, Camden. He testified he went
to work on the Roberts farm in May, 1926. On direct
examination he denied he signed the check in question or
placed his mark on it,
you ever sign any checks at the Roberts home when Mrs. Roberts
witnessed your mark?"
you ever authorize her to sign or put your mark or
admitted Mrs. Roberts helped him make a check for $106.50 in a
Philadelphia department store in February, 1928, but that was
the only check she helped him make, he said.
Mrs. Roberts go to the bank and get money and give it to you
to put in your wallet?"
do you know this particular check is not yours?"
said he used only yellow checks, and other checks introduced
into evidence were blue.
asked Miller if he testified before Justice of the Peace Fred
Gravino last February that he permitted Mrs. Roberts to draw
money from the bank with his cross on checks. Miller denied he
made that statement. Stenographic records, of the hearing
before Gravino contradicted his testimony.
said the check drawn in the department store was for silver
for Mrs. Roberts and she never paid him back.
A. Melcher, handwriting expert, testified the marks on the $10
check and mark made on "standards" by Miller were
not made by the same person.
Peterson, secretary and treasurer of the Swedesboro bank, said
Miller withdrew $2640.40 from his account during his several
years in that section. Eight other checks were introduced into
evidence by the prosecution.
defense conceded that all nine checks were in the handwriting
of Mrs. Roberts, excepting where the mark was made..