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12B THE PALM BEACH POST FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1997 w s C - Man charged with stealing $58,765 in checks Three hurt as truck crashes optical shop for five years before she died of Alzheimer's disease, he said. She even moved to Florida to live with him 15 years ago. But agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement say otherwise. Not only did he continually forge his mother's signature on checks and documents, he mailed New Jersey officials three change-of-address forms under his mother's name after she died, agent Richard Piccininni said. Two years ago, when a computer database first alerted New Jersey officials Frances Trainor was dead, they mailed inquiries to Trainor, said Sgt James Vogt, of the New Jersey State Police. Barry Trainor signed his mother's name and sent a copy of her Social Security card, Vogt said. By Noah Biennan Palm Beach Post Staff miter FORT PIERCE For almost 10 years after Frances Trainor died, her son continued to cash her New Jersey state pension checks, authorities said. This week, Barry Trainor was charged with organized fraud, forgery and depositing with intent to defraud. "It was there," Trainor said Thursday of the money, which authorities said amounted to $58,765 over 10 years. "I guess I got carried away." Trainor, 49, speaking from the St Lucie County Jail, said he wasn't trying to hide anything. The Fort Pierce bartender and former Florida Power and Light Co. employee took care of all his mother's affairs The state pension office "thought the death certificate was wrong" at the time, Vogt said. In April, Frances Tremor's name came up on another computer database check. This time, state police got involved and started a joint investigation with the FDLE. Trainor is being held without bail "When there's a crack in the system, somebody will find it until we're able to correct it," Vogt said. . Increasingly, state pension offices are using computer databases to catch unreported deaths, said Andrew McMullian, director of the Florida Retirement System. H Staff writer Susannah Nesmith contributed tothisstory. skidding 90 feet in the rain, directly into the store. He was charged with driving too fast for conditions. Two eye doctors and an optician working in the store were not injured. Trish Laird, a travel agent, saw the truck coming from the office window of Monarch Travel, next to the eye glass store. She tried to warn her co-workers. "By the time I was able to react, he was already in the store," she said. "It looked like a poltergeist ran through the wall. The wall was shaking." A 63-year-old Fort Pierce man is charged with driving too fast for conditions. By Noah Bierman falm Beach Post Staff Writer V FORT PIERCE James Griffith probably needs a new eye exam. .. The 63-year-old Fort Pierce resident drove a pickup straight into his optician's office Thursday, shattering the front window ind injuring three other customers. i . "I was looking at a pair of - r to -Q glasses on the wall and the next thing I knew, glass was all over the store and the truck was in the store," said Kevin King, a customer who was not injured, j Griffith and two customers who were injured from glass debris were treated at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce. 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Among those Witnesses: Robert Greijack, the former head of Hope House, who plead guilty in May of embezzling $313,870 from the AIDS charity. ! Greijack, now in the Palm Beach County Detention Center, was once represented by Brabham. Castillo said an attorney recently contacted him on behalf of Greijack saying that Greijack had information about the illegal campaign contributions. 1 During an interview at the jail Castillo said Greijack told him that Brabham said that Butler's campaign got a lot of money from "Badcock furniture." James Clyde Baber III, the president of Badcock Economy Furniture, told detectives that he gave $680,000 to Butler and Brabham with the hopes that if Butler were elected Baber would receive a reduced sentence on a DUI manslaughter charge. 'f Baber was convicted of DUI manslaughter at a trial in October. I Garrison, who presided over Baber's trial, will remain on Baber's case. 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