A 22-year-old homeless man arrested Friday is accused of forging his father’s name on a credit card application and running up $18,000 in charges in Las Vegas.

According to court documents, David Terrance Wilson used more than $18,000 of the $20,000 limit within the first four days of activating the card, mostly in Las Vegas, before his father could cancel the card.

David Wilson came to the Law and Justice Center with his mother Friday afternoon to confess to that crime and several others involving forging his father’s signature.

Wilson reportedly applied for a student loan, forging his father’s signature as a co-signer. He received $2,000 of the loan, which he admitted he had no intention of using for tuition.

A Bozeman bank also reported that Wilson wrote 62 checks on his father’s closed business account, totaling more than $5,666.

Wilson’s father also said his son stole another checkbook and wrote himself a $1,000 check.

Between February and April, Wilson is accused of stealing nearly $30,000. He also wrote checks from his own closed account and from another of his father’s closed bank accounts.

Wilson told investigators he used the money to support his methamphetamine and cocaine addictions. He said he turned himself in and confessed because he knew the only place he could stay sober was in jail.

Wilson was charged with forgery, burglary, deceptive practices and issuing bad checks — all felonies.

In Gallatin County Justice Court Monday, Deputy County Attorney Erin Murphy asked Justice of the Peace Bryan Adams to set Wilson’s bail at $10,000.

And although defense attorney Annie DeWolf said all of Wilson’s crimes are “related to his drug-seeking behavior,” Wilson turned himself in and confessed. She asked Adams to set bail at $2,000.

“I’d like to start to make right all the wrongs that I’ve done, your honor,” Wilson added.

Given Wilson’s ties to the community, that he has a job lined up with a roofing company and is attending treatment programs, Adams agreed to the $2,000 bond.

“I would rather see him as a productive member of society,” he said. “Hopefully, you’re going to get these things resolved.”

Jodi Hausen can be reached at jhausen@dailychronicle.com or 582-2630. Follow her on Twitter @JodiHausen.

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