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Scales of justice

A Wyoming man pleaded not guilty Friday in Natrona County District Court to charges alleging he stole $15,590 from an elderly woman.

Roy F. Davis, 45, entered his pleas to 37 felonies, including 35 counts of forgery, a single count of exploitation of a vulnerable adult and a single count of receiving and concealing stolen property.

Davis, who wore Natrona County Detention Center inmate garb, entered his pleas with a single statement of "not guilty."

Natrona County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Davis in January after a woman, who is in her 80s, said 35 checks written from her account were forged, court documents indicate.

The stolen money was initially paid to the widowed woman by the Veterans Administration, according to the documents.

Davis told an investigator the he had accrued a gambling debt and forged the checks to pay bills, the documents allege.

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Crime and Courts Reporter

Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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