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OC man charged with defrauding elderly widow

April 13, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Costa Mesa man has been charged with taking financial advantage of a deaf, blind elderly Newport Beach woman.

John Thomas Windsor, 41, is scheduled to be arraigned in a Santa Ana courtroom Thursday on charges of stealing more than $280,000 from 98-year-old widow Edna M. of Newport Beach, who suffers from dementia.

Windsor was arrested Wednesday by Newport Beach Police. He is charged with a felony count of first-degree residential burglary, caretaker theft from an elder and fraudulently using an access card, and three felony counts of forgery.

According to the Orange County District Attorney's Office, Windsor also faces sentencing enhancements and allegations for a non-accomplice present during a residential burglary, causing over $100,000 in loss, aggravated white-collar crime over $100,000, and property loss over $200,000. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 11 years and eight months in state prison, according to the D.A.

Windsor allegedly moved into the elderly woman's home without her knowledge after his mother became a live-in caretaker.

Windsor was on parole in Vermont for domestic violence and fraud at the time.

Windsor is accused of charging the widow's credit card without her knowledge for items for his girlfriend. He is also accused of having the widow sign power of attorney over to him. Medical experts have determined Edna M. was not competent to do so.

Windsor is also accused of taking out a loan against the widow's house.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Eric Akerlind at (714) 347-8691.