Couple admits stealing from elderly neighbor
February 26, 2014
A couple accused of stealing checks from a 75-year-old neighbor face up to four years in prison after they admitted the thefts on Tuesday.
Robert and Nancy Tucker appeared before Douglas County District Judge Tod Young where they entered guilty pleas and agreed to pay $9,000 in restitution.
Under an agreement, prosecutors will recommend probation and won't seek jail time as a condition for Robert Tucker, 58, and Nancy Tucker, 56.
They each face a maximum sentence of 2-5 years in Nevada state prison.
Both were out of custody on Tuesday. Young set an April 15 sentencing date for them.
The thefts 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.
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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.
Under the plea agreement, the Tuckers must pay $5,175.01 to the victim and $3,825 to Nevada State Bank.