Nurse gets 18 months for bilking man, 68 Mount Airy resident befriended the victim, then drained his accounts

March 22, 1996|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

A Mount Airy man, charged with bilking a Pennsylvania man of his life's savings, was sentenced to 10 years in jail after pleading guilty to theft in Carroll Circuit Court yesterday.

Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. suspended all but 18 months of the 10-year sentence, which will be served at the Carroll County Detention Center, and made the defendant, Charles Robert Dorsey, 48, of the 4000 block of Harrisville Road, eligible for work release.

The amount of restitution possibly more than $180,000 has not been agreed upon, said Jerry Joyce, an assistant state's attorney.

"There's no dispute that the amount is over $100,000," the prosecutor said.

The 68-year-old victim was in a state of "diminished mental capacity" when he was befriended by Dorsey, a private duty nurse, Mr. Joyce said.

Dorsey, who was employed by Tri-Home Health Care Co., began caring for the man in Carroll County, where he was recuperating from heart surgery, the prosecutor said.

The man returned to his home in Carlisle, Pa., Mr. Joyce said. Dorsey visited him there and, after the man fell and was hospitalized in Carlisle, Dorsey contacted a Pennsylvania lawyer and had power of attorney papers prepared.

Between November 1994 to March 1995, Dorsey got the man to sign the documents, Mr. Joyce said.

"Either the man could not read them because he did not have his glasses in the hospital, or could not understand them because of his diminished capacity," the prosecutor said.

Dorsey began to forge the man's signature on checks, making them out to himself and cashing them, Mr. Joyce said.

During five months, the defendant drained the man's bank accounts and stole stocks, certificates of deposit and savings bonds, Mr. Joyce said.

Judge Beck said Dorsey must serve five years of supervised probation upon his release. Paying restitution "as soon as possible" was made a condition of Dorsey's probation, which may be extended until the money is repaid.

As part of the plea arrangement, the defendant also must pay $4,300 restitution in an unrelated theft case, and two other theft charges against him were dropped, Mr. Joyce said.

Tfc. John Reininger of the Maryland State Police at the Westminster barracks deserves credit for investigating and building a solid case against the defendant, Mr. Joyce said.

Pub Date: 3/22/96

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