Man accused of exploiting 90-year-old
April 10, 2014
A 43-year-old Topaz Ranch Estates man is facing several felony charges after authorities say he attempted to convince his 90-year-old employer to adopt him.
Anthony Edward Kochanowski is set for a court appearance April 16 in East Fork Justice Court.
He is charged with exploitation of the elderly, two counts of forgery, two counts of grand larceny of a motor vehicle and grand larceny against a person age 60 or older.
According to the complaint, Kochanowski was employed by the alleged victim who owned the Mountain View Mobile Home Park.
He was terminated, and in January, a person who is in charge of the elderly man’s estate noted that several items were missing.
They included a 2013 Polaris All-Terrain Vehicle worth $17,000 and a 1985 Honda motorcycle worth $3,500.
Other missing items included a utility trailer, snow plow, cargo trailer, two Craftsman tool boxes, a portable battery charger, Husqvarna commercial lawn mower, welding equipment and a Cushman ATV tracked amphibious vehicle, according to the complaint.
Some of the items reportedly were seen at the suspect’s residence.
The information also alleges that Kochanowski had the victim sign over power of attorney, but the alleged victim was declared incompetent after an investigation by Douglas County’s Special Advocates for Elders program.
The suspect is accused of falsifying a bill of sale in an attempt to transfer ownership of the Polaris, plus two other vehicles.
According to the report, an adoption attempt was halted, and a guardian appointed for the 90-year-old man.