Couple accused of bilking elderly woman
January 11, 2014
A Gardnerville Ranchos couple, accused of bilking a 75-year-old neighbor whom they befriended out of nearly $10,000, are charged with multiple felonies,
Robert Ralph Tucker, 58, and his wife, Nancy Ann, 56, are each charged with principal to theft against a person age 60 or older; three counts of principal to forgery; four counts of principal to uttering a forged instrument, and principal to exploitation of an elderly or vulnerable person.
The alleged crimes came to light when a Nevada State Bank employee became concerned about the large amounts of money being taken out of the woman's account.
The employee suspected the victim might have Alzheimer's disease, and wasn't capable of making decisions about her finances.
The elderly woman told officers she and the Tuckers were neighbors and had shared meals and played card games together.
She said she had loaned the couple money, and they had access to her bank account.
According to the criminal complaint, the Tuckers are accused of stealing checks, forging the victim's signature, and cashing the checks.
The crimes allegedly occurred from Nov. 19, 2012-June 12, 2013.
The woman was placed under temporary guardianship in August.
The Tuckers were arrested Monday on a warrant. Robert Tucker is in Douglas County Jail on $20,000 bail; Nancy Tucker was released on her own recognizance and ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim.
They are to appear in court on Wednesday.
According to reports, Robert Tucker has a 2010 gross misdemeanor conviction in Sparks after he was arrested for uttering a forged instrument and burglary.