Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has filed felony charges against a 64-year-old Ottawa man accusing him of taking advantage of an elderly woman to gain more than $100,000 after she had given him power of attorney.
Prosecutors filed two counts of mistreatment of a dependent adult on March 30 against Guadalupe Mora, who was arrested late last week on a warrant in the case.
A Franklin County judge has set Mora’s bond at $20,000 cash or surety, and Jeff Wagaman, a spokesman for Schmidt, said Monday that Mora was still in custody in the Franklin County Jail. He appeared in court Monday to have an attorney appointed in the case.
Mora is scheduled to appear in court again Thursday.
Prosecutors provided little information about the case Monday. According to court records, Mora is accused of making payments to himself or others using Edna Brouhard’s various financial accounts and resources from March 30, 2006, to May 1, 2007, in Franklin County. The witness list in the case includes records for several businesses and the Franklin County treasurer’s office.
In the second count, Mora is accused of falsely representing himself or using false pretenses during the alleged acts.
A family member on Monday said Brouhard had empowered Mora to handle matters for her before her death.
Wagaman said Franklin County prosecutors asked the attorney general’s office to prosecute the case. Each count carries a possible penalty of 17 to 46 months in prison.
Officials in Franklin County and the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services initially investigated the case, Wagaman said.