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

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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I cannot fathom why anyone would take advantage of an old sick woman. I know it's done everyday I know but crimes against the elderly and the little ones they are assigned to watch over and protect sometimes even a child is taken away from the enviroment where they are being hurt. Social workers are assigned to each case and like every where else they are over worked under paid and their boss's are taking on a lot of stress also. More social workers are needed in every office across the country. Every child in this article and every other office in this country is desperately understaffed. Even paying them more can't help the situation they are in right now. Kids deserve a life full of love and not be afraid to come home after school.

I get so mad when I read stuff like this, specially when the elderly and children are the target to all evil doers, such as this person has done to this poor lady. Shame on you.

How about if each of us with morals and a conscience signs up to be a person that an elder can rely on to help them as they age?
That way we don't have to create more government programs that don't work very well, and we can each contribute to our community.
Is there a program like that out there?

surfdogh2o sadly...most people are too worried about themselves to care anymore. It always takes such a big tragedy to get anyone to do anything is seems. There are a handful of people who really do make a difference like you suggest. But I think the vast majority just like to sit behind a computer and make comments.

I'm right there with you though...trying to get involved in as many community programs as my time will allow. It's hard when you have a job that sucks up all your time commuting around town.

The parole system strikes again!

how come the PO didn't question the new car(s)???

Should spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Stealing from the Elderly is one of the Lowest things you can do.
What a Scumbag.

If you recall the words from Matthew, Mark and Luke, "...baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire".

The fire is for this guy, an unbeliever.

this sickens me.


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