Frank Stewart, 48, of Ramey was sentenced to serve nine months to two years in the Clearfield County Jail by Judge Paul Cherry for stealing from a disabled elderly client and a charity organization. Stewart was also ordered to pay $137,248 in restitution to the victim and $10,496 to the Lance Cusick Memorial Foundation. Stewart’s attorney, Ron Collins of Clearfield, said Stewart has submitted certified checks to the state police for $10,496 to restitution to the Lance Cusick Memorial Fund.
Last August, Stewart was found guilty of forgery, theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception, victim over 60, defendant under 60, at jury trial. According to testimony at the trial, Stewart forged paperwork and stole $120,000 from the victim who now resides in a personal care facility. Stewart pleaded guilty to the charge of theft by unlawful taking on Oct. 2 for stealing $10,496 from the Lance Cusick Memorial Foundation, a charitable organization in which he served as treasurer. Clearfield County District Attorney William A. Shaw Jr. said these are serious crimes and Stewart deserves to be punished commensurate with his crime but said this has to be balanced with the fact that the victim needs to be compensated in a timely manner, especially considering her age. Read more »