Man charged with bilking elderly man of savings

September 05, 1995

A Mount Airy man charged with bilking an elderly Carroll County man of his life's savings when the victim was in a "diminished mental capacity" was released Friday on a $35,000 unsecured bond.

State police said the suspect, 48, was able to deplete the man's more than $180,000 in savings and stocks by fraudulently obtaining power of attorney while the victim was a patient in January after heart surgery at General Hospital in Carlisle, Pa.

Investigators said a man employed by Tri-Home Health Care Co. was caring for the heart surgery patient starting in November.

In January, the man allegedly persuaded the victim to sign over power of attorney, then took money from bank accounts, stocks, certificates of deposit and savings bonds.

Tfc. John Reininger said his investigation revealed that the alleged theft and embezzlement totaled $186,294. The suspect also is charged in connection with a series of thefts while he was employed at Carroll County General Hospital.

Trooper Reininger said the arrest was the result of more than 20 subpoenas, two court orders and a search and seizure warrant for the suspect's home.

Charles Robert Dorsey of the 4000 block of Harrisville Road was charged with 50 counts of theft, uttering, forgery, burglary, fraudulent misappropriation and malicious destruction of property.

The investigation is continuing.

State police and members of the state's attorney's office request anyone who may have had any association with the suspect to call 876-2101.

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