A woman who pleaded guilty Friday to stealing more than $500,000 from an elderly man with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease will be sentenced to three years of felony probation and is ordered to pay full restitution. Rosemary Baugh, 57, was charged with financial elder abuse and perjury, and faces 11 years and eight months in prison if she doesn’t comply with the terms of her plea deal.
Prosecutor Brian Cota explained after Friday’s hearing that while the probation sentence may seem somewhat lenient (considering the circumstances of the crime and the amount of money involved), the victim’s family and the District Attorney’s Office agreed it made legal and financial sense because a good portion of the stolen money is recoverable, lengthy and costly civil cases will be avoided, Baugh suffers from mental health problems, and the victim would likely not want to see her imprisoned. “Notwithstanding those issues,” Cota said, “this would have been a prison case.”
A Klamath Falls couple was arrested Thursday for allegedly mistreating and stealing from an elderly relative.
Husband and wife, Issac L. Sheppard, 43, and Wendy L. Sheppard, 42, were arrested Thursday on charges of first-degree criminal mistreatment and first-degree aggravated theft.
A 28-year-old Stockton man has been arrested on elder abuse charges after an injured woman showed up at the hospital late Friday night
Stockton Police say they were first alerted to the incident by the hospital that the woman was brought to. [Hospital did its job!]