The mayor of this small Missouri city is accused of forging up to $300,000 worth of checks to himself from the bank account of a 97-year-old man.

Robert L. Sewell is charged with felony forgery for writing checks worth $61 to $50,000 over several years. He later held power of attorney for the man, according to an affidavit in the case.

Robert Moran, president of the local alderman, said Sewell has not resigned. But the alderman agreed that Moran should temporarily assume the unpaid mayor's position. The alderman released a statement noting the charges do not involve Sewell's official duties, and therefore they are not taking a position in the case.

Sheldon is a city of 543, according to the 2010 Census, about 20 miles east of the Kansas line.


Details for this story were reported by the Joplin, Mo., Globe