Man accused of stealing checks from retired federal judge

Kevin Smith, 31, was working as home health care aide at time of incident

Kevin Smith is accused of stealing checks from a retired federal judge.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – A man is facing grand theft and forgery charges after he stole numerous checks from a retired federal judge at his Coral Gables home, police said.

According to police, Kevin Smith, 31, who was arrested Thursday, was working at retired U.S. District Judge William Hoeveler's Coral Gables home last year as a health care aide.

Detectives said Smith stole 15 checks from the judge's Northern Trust checkbook and forged Hoeveler's signature on the checks.

According to an arrest report, 13 of the checks were cashed by Smith at a Regions Bank, where he has an account, and the other two checks were made payable to his girlfriend, Tyneisha Bivins, who deposited the checks into her separate Regions Bank account. 

Police said the couple stole more than $50,000 from Hoeveler between September and November of last year.

It was not immediately known what charges Bivins could be facing in the case.