Linebeck trial postponed until September

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BENNINGTON — The trial for a Manchester man accused of writing checks to himself for more than $39,000 from an elderly woman's account has been postponed to September.

Jeffrey Linebeck, 61, is facing 18 felony counts of false pretenses greater than $900 and one felony count of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult after police said he wrote multiple checks to himself using an 89-year-old woman's checkbook. Linebeck has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The woman's son filed a police report Nov. 20 after he suspected that Linebeck, who helps his mother around the house, was writing fraudulent checks, Manchester Police said. Linebeck was arrested and charged in Bennington County Superior Court that same month.

Linebeck was initially scheduled for a jury trial for this month, but it was moved to September to allow the parties more time to gather evidence, according to court records. He is represented by defense attorney Katherine Lamson.

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