Delaware Apartment Manager Indicted On Felony Forgery, Theft Charges

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UPDATED: Friday June 20, 2014 11:30 PM

A Delaware Grand Jury has returned a 10-count indictment against the manager of the Silver Maple Apartments.

According to authorities, 31-year-old Alan Treese served as the property manager for Silver Maple Apartments from June 2013 through December 2013. 

During that time, Treese is alleged to have deposited multiple rent payments from tenants into a personal account.

"We, all of the sudden, got sheriff's at our door."  Megan Irwin said she knew something was wrong back in January. "They handed us an eviction notice and said we had to go to court. We didn't know nothing about it. Went to the office, and they said, 'ignore it, ignore it'."

Irwin said she did ignore it, because she knew the rent had been paid. She had the receipts to prove it. 

What she didn't know was that many of her neighbors were also being threatened with eviction, including Mary Andrix.

"Beginning of January I started getting one saying I was behind on rent, and I know I wasn't," Mary Andrix said.

Mary said she also had her money order receipts to prove she paid her rent each month. 

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police said the property manager at Silver Maple put his name on the rent payments, then took them and deposited them into his own account.

A Delaware County grand jury indicted Alan Treese on 10 felony counts, including theft and forgery.

"We found out our lease was fake and he stole all of our money from September to December," Irwin said.

Irwin showed 10TV copies of the money orders allegedly cashed by Alan Treese.

The orders appear to be made out to him, and labeled as fantasy football winnings.

Irwin said this experience has been a lesson.

"Keep your receipts, your documentation every bill," she said.    

She said she believes keeping records is what kept her in her home.

10TV did stop by Tresse's listed address to get his side of the story, but we were told that he no longer lives at that address.

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