The son of a missing Laurens farmer was arraigned for a second time Monday for allegedly stealing from his father.
Matthew Arbas, 39, of Laurens, was originally arraigned last November on six counts of second-degree forgery, as well as one count each of second-degree grand larceny and first-degree scheme to defraud. He was re-arraigned on the same charges Monday in Otsego County Court and pleaded innocent.
Arbas is the son of Herman Arbas, 72, who has apparently been missing since 2000, although he was not reported missing until 2005.
Arbas lives at his father's 384-acre farm, which has been searched repeatedly by state police looking for Arbas' body.
There was a "technical glitch" on one or two of the counts in the original indictment that became an issue after the defense filed a motion with the court about a month ago to inspect the grand jury minutes, District Attorney John Muehl previously said.
Muehl said he could not disclose any details.
Muehl said he again presented the case to a grand jury, which handed up an indictment Monday on the same eight counts in the original, which involve Arbas allegedly stealing money from his father in 2002, 2003 and 2004 by forging his father's signature.
In January 2007, Arbas admitted to abducting a Navy pilot in Virginia in 2005. He was sentenced to a year in jail and served that sentence.
The elder Arbas was last seen in late 2000, according to authorities. State police executed a search warrant at the Arbas farm on May 8, 2005, after a report from a "concerned citizen" that he may have disappeared. That search lasted several days and involved a helicopter, K-9 units, forest rangers and divers who probed two farm ponds.
Troopers returned to the farm twice with search warrants, most recently in June 2008 when they examined a silo, with no results, according to troopers.
Troopers have only identified the younger Arbas as a "person of interest" in his father's disappearance.
Matthew Arbas has remained free on $40,000 bond since his arrest last year.
The case is scheduled for a pre-trial conference Oct. 5.