ROCKLAND — Police in Maine say a Rockland man lied and forged documents in an attempt to get welfare benefits they say he needed to pay a delinquent $1,000 electric bill.

Police said Thursday that 26-year-old Jeremy Wadsworth went to the general assistance office at Rockland City Hall in an attempt to get money, falsifying information on his written application and forging a rent receipt to support the lies he made on the application.

He has been charged with forgery.

Police tell the Bangor Daily News he owes Central Maine Power Co. $1,000.

Wadsworth does not yet have a court date. It was unclear if he had a lawyer.