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Parolee stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from blind, deaf 98-year-old, officials say

April 13, 2011 | 11:06 am

A Vermont parolee who authorities say stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from a 98-year-old blind and deaf woman was arrested Wednesday, two years after the victim's death.

John Thomas Windsor met the elderly woman through his mother, who worked as her caretaker. prosecutors said. The widow, who was identified only as Edna M., was confined to her home and suffered from dementia.

Prosecutors said Windsor moved into Edna M.'s home without her knowledge and used her credit cards to buy expensive personal items, including two used cars, an engagement ring for his girlfriend and a record collection.

At the time, he was on parole in Vermont after being convicted on domestic-violence and fraud charges, officials said.

Edna M. eventually signed over her power of attorney to Windsor, who then tried to take out a loan against her home, prosecutors said. Police were alerted to the alleged theft in 2008 after her bank became suspicious of withdrawals from her account, said Newport Beach Sgt. Steve Burdette.

Edna M. died in 2009 while police were still conducting their investigation.

Windsor, 41, was arrested Wednesday morning at the Newport Beach Police Department. He is expected to be arraigned Thursday at Men's Central Jail in Santa Ana.

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