Caregiver Accused of Stealing Over $30,000 from Elderly Man in Jefferson County

GASKILL TWP, Pa. (EYT) – Felony charges have been filed against a caregiver after an investigation uncovered that he allegedly used an elderly Jefferson County man’s bank account to make unauthorized transactions.

Court documents indicate that the Punxsutawney-based State Police have filed criminal charges against 41-year-old David M. Yoder of Jersey Shore.

According to a criminal complaint, on June 29, Punxsutawney-based received notification from the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging (JCAAA) of possible misuse of power of attorney.

Court documents list a known 83-year-old Gaskill Township man as the victim. Yoder and the victim developed a friendship while they were incarcerated together. After the two were no longer in prison, Yoder began living with the victim.

The victim began to notice suspicious activity on his bank statements and contacted the authorities.

Investigators acquired the victim’s bank records from the time which David Yoder acted as the victim’s power of attorney and discovered Yoder had made ATM withdrawals totaling approximately $26,000.00, written checks totaling approximately $5,000.00, and caused approximately $2,000.00 in overdraft fees, all of which allegedly reflect funds utilized by Yoder.

According to the complaint, when requested by JCAAA and ordered by the Court of Common Pleas of Jefferson County, Yoder was only able to provide receipts for the payment of the victim’s rent during the time in question, totaling $6,310.00, and failed to provide any documentation or explanation in regard to his use of other funds from the victim’s account.

The following charges were filed on Thursday, August 9, in Magisterial District Judge Jacqueline J. Mizerock’s office:

– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Felony 3
– Theft By Deception-False Impression, Felony 3
– Receiving Stolen Property, Felony 3
– Other Reason Access Device Is Unauth By Issuer, Felony 3

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 4, with Judge Mizerock presiding.

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