Knox Man Found Guilty in $250k Theft from Elderly Aunt

Thursday September 20th 2012

CLARION, Pa. (EYT) –A 58-year-old Knox man has been found guilty on charges related to the theft of over $250,000 from his 88-year-old aunt.

David Lynn Patton, of Knox, was found guilty yesterday in Clarion County Court of Common Pleas on a total of 95 counts of Theft by Unlawful Taking and Failure to Make Required Disposition in connection with the theft of over $250,000 from 88-year-old Betty Wetzel between January 2007 and May 2010.

The investigation was initiated in March of 2010 when Ms. Wetzel, who lives in Clarview Nursing Home, contacted the Clarion Area Agency on Aging after she was told that her account with the assisted living facility was overdue.

After an initial investigation, Clarion Area Agency on Aging with assistance from the Pennsylvania State Police Trooper William Craddock began to look further into the matter.Investigators determined that Patton, who was appointed as his aunt’s power of attorney, cashed in his aunt’s investment accounts and a life insurance policy and deposited the money into her checking accounts.

It was then determined that Patton unlawfully cashed several checks written out to himself and also wrote several checks out to businesses.

“I always trusted him and thought he was a good nephew, but today I wouldn’t trust him at all. When I gave him Power of Attorney, I never thought he would do this to me. He took all the money I had.”, Ms. Wetzel told today.

Patton is scheduled for sentencing on October 24.

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Editor’s Note:  This case was a joint investigative effort of the Clarion County Office of Aging, the PA State Police, and the PA Department of Aging’s Institute on Protective Services at Temple University.


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