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Ottawa man gets probation for stealing from 95-year-old woman

February 28, 2012

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A Franklin County judge Monday sentenced a 65-year-old Ottawa man to serve two years on probation and pay $90,431 in restitution after he was convicted of stealing from a 95-year-old woman while he was designated her power of attorney.

According to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office, Judge Thomas Sachse ordered Guadalupe Mora if he violates terms of his probation to concurrently serve 13 months in prison on one count mistreatment of a dependent adult and one count of theft. Mora pleaded no contest to the two counts in January.

Prosecutors last April accused Mora of using undue influence and false representation to pay himself and others after he was given power of attorney by Edna Brouhard, who was 95 when charges were filed. By then, Brouhard had a new conservator and guardian.

Officials in Franklin County and the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services initially investigated the case, and Stefani Hepford, an assistant attorney general, prosecuted it.

Mora must also perform 100 hours of community service and was ordered to have no authority or control over another person’s assets or finances.

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irvan moore 2 years, 6 months ago

i thought it was interesting that this guy gets probation for ripping off a elderly lady and the guy in the story below gets 32 months in the big house for robbing a drug dealer.

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Cait McKnelly 2 years, 6 months ago

Ummm do we not have elder abuse laws in this states? (Stealing from an elder is still considered a form of abuse-financial abuse.)

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oldbaldguy 2 years, 6 months ago

Sentencing guidelines folks. The judge has to follow them. He can't hand out sentences outside the guidelines. In cases of large amounts of restitution, the priority is getting the victim whole if possible. However, the dirtbag should have been sent to prison if it was possilble. Unless he pays up, he will at some point on a probation violation.

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Beth Bird 2 years, 6 months ago

Not to be morbid - but she is 95 years old - I seriously doubt he will pay her back in full before she passes away....He should go to jail.

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