The Allegheny County district attorney's office has charged an Indiana, Pa., man with stealing more than $100,000 from the bank account of a 91-year-old resident of a Mt. Lebanon nursing home.Until today, as part of the philosophy of this blog to link to a full panorama of views, I carried a link at the right to Mr. Deimel's blog, where he described himself as "a computer scientist, writer, and Episcopal Church activist with concerns for truth, beauty, and justice." Though at this point he has only been charged, not convicted, his own admissions to police that he took the money for his own use, and that he was in "financial difficulties," are reasons enough for me to purge the link.
Lionel Deimel, 68, surrendered to authorities Tuesday and faces charges of theft, receiving stolen property and misapplication of entrusted property.
The victim, who resides in the skilled nursing care unit at Asbury Heights, executed a financial power of attorney document with Mr. Deimel in 2009, according to a criminal complaint. Mr. Deimel was described as her friend.
He was supposed to pay her room and board and medical expenses but instead wrote 72 checks to himself for a total of nearly $104,000, investigators determined. He also ran up more than $17,600 in purchases on the victim's credit card. Investigators got involved after the victim's account at Asbury Heights fell into arrears.
According to the complaint, Mr. Deimel admitted using the money for his own benefit. He was released on bond to await a June 25 preliminary hearing before District Judge Blaise Larotonda in Mt. Lebanon.
Friday, June 19, 2015
From a story in today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (H/T: D.Virtue):
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