Ontario Man Admits To Defrauding Elderly Parents; Looted Bank Account, Used Forged POA To Pilfer Profits From Sale Of Home
In Peterborough, Ontario, The Peterborough Examiner reports:
- A 44-year-old man pleaded guilty [...] to defrauding his parents of about $140,000 in a series of crimes that involved forging a power of attorney, selling his parents' home behind their back and racking up thousands of dollars in credit card debt in his father's name. David Edwardes-Evans pleaded guilty to 10 charges in Ontario Court of Justice including fraud, uttering a forged document and breaching court orders.
- Edwardes-Evans began to defraud his parents after they both became permanent residents of a retirement home in June 2007, court heard. He shared power of attorney over his parents' finances with his sister, Crown attorney Paula Thompson said, and managed their accounts on their behalf.
- About a month after his father moved to the retirement home, Edwardes-Evans began taking out credit cards in his father's name, using his father's own credit cards without permission and made withdrawals from his parents' joint bank account, Thompson said. He then tricked them into signing away their Oriole Dr. home and forged a power of attorney to sell the house, court heard. "The document had been forged ... in order to facilitate the liquidation of the home," Thompson said.
- Police arrested Edwardes-Evans [...] after his sister discovered irregularities in her parents' accounts. By then, Edwardes-Evans had racked up $15,000 to $20,000 in credit card debt and had pilfered the profits from the sale of the home, Thompson said.
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