A man forged 16 checks worth over $11,000 in the name of a 95-year-old woman who trusted him as her caregiver, police said.
After taking the money from the woman, 56-year-old Jose Bacon Jr. left her house filthy, police said. There was old food covered in bugs on the woman’s table, cat feces on the floor and mice and roaches crawling on her bed, court documents said.
“He left this 95-year-old victim to essentially rot in her own urine,” said Ramon Korionoff, spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.
The woman could have died, investigators said.
Bacon gained the woman’s trust by doing work and home care for her from January 2012 to October 2013, police said. Video surveillance at a bank shows Bacon withdrawing money from an ATM machine.
Police said he was the woman’s only caregiver.
The judge at Bacon’s sentencing described the woman’s living conditions as “the worst possible scenario.” She said Bacon still hasn’t taken responsibility for what he did.
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Bacon was sentenced to seven years in prison.
The woman, now 98, is doing well in an assisted living facility, officials said.
About 300,000 senior citizens will be living in Montgomery by 2020, Korionoff said. The Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office said a special task force was created to protect the elderly in Montgomery County.