A New Canaan man has been charged by Norwalk police with defrauding his ex-girlfriend while she was under medical care.

Robert Eason, 61, of Oenoke Ridge, was charged last Friday with third-degree forgery, third-degree larceny, third-degree identity theft and illegal use of a credit card.

Norwalk police said they started the investigation after the victim's ex-husband contacted the department in July. Investigators then learned that Eason wrote himself a $7,500 check from the victim's account and made "numerous" fraudulent purchases for pizza, car repairs and items from Amazon using her credit card while she was hospitalized recovering from back surgery, police Lt. Paul Resnick said.

Shortly before the fraud was perpetrated, the 58-year-old Norwalk woman told police, she had caught Eason lying about his military service. He had claimed to have served as a U.S. Navy SEAL during the Vietnam War, according to the report.

Eason posted $25,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 21.