Commission candidate’s son charged with stealing wallet, using credit card

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — The son of a county commission candidate faces more charges while already sitting in the county jail, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities have charged Christopher Wilson, son of candidate Charlie Wilson, with organized fraud, criminal use of personal information and giving false information to a pawn broker in connection to case from May. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Wilson took a woman’s wallet left behind on the counter at a Walgreens in Sebastian in late May. He bought cigarettes from a gas station in the area and then more than $650 worth of gold jewelry at the Indian River Mall, the Sheriff’s Office said.

After buying the jewelry, authorities said, Wilson sold the gold to Community Gold Buyers for $133.

According to authorities, the charges against Wilson were pending a review of surveillance video from merchants, review of credit card receipts and witness interviews.

Wilson, 23, of Fort Pierce, was already in jail on numerous charges, including election petition fraud, forgery, making a false statement, burglary of a dwelling, third degree grand theft, among others.

His father, Charlie Wilson, is running for the District 2 County Commission seat against incumbent Joe Flescher and Dale Simchick in the August primary. The winner of the Republican primary will face off against Independent Carolyn Corum and Democrat David Snell in the November general election.

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