Authorities say a lawyer in Florida stole millions of dollars from a 108-year-old woman.
Matthew Robbie, a Winter Park lawyer who represented the now-deceased Helen Cohen, will now spend five years in prison after pleading guilty this week, police said.
Investigators say he fraudulently obtained a power of attorney for Kuhn and withdrew $ 3 million from her account.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office said today that Robbie agreed to a plea agreement that would result in him being sentenced to five years in prison for exploiting an elderly person and a grand theft of more than $ 100,000, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.
Kuhan, who died earlier this month at the age of 108, got caught up in the scheme years ago and was frustrated by the fraud, the report said.
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Robbie was arrested in 2021 and subsequently suspended, and he can no longer practice law in Florida.
“Helen taught school for 35 years, flew planes until she was 93, and drove until she was 101,” Orange County officials said.
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Karen Murillo, AARP Florida’s attorney manager, said there has been an increase in cases of exploitation by lawyers in recent years.
“Unfortunately, this is not the first case of a lawyer being exploited,” Murillo said, according to the report. “I’ll tell you that exploitation was based on the closeness of an elderly or vulnerable adult.”
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“Suffering, exploitation is on the rise,” she continued. “We’re seeing it grow nationally, with an average loss of about $ 120,000 per year for exploitation victims.”
Murillo said an average of one in ten Americans is a victim of “some form of aging abuse,” according to the report.
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Financial crime detective Chris Williams said he was able to recover more than $ 2.4 million stolen from Deputy Kuhn.