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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Man Charged After Stealing from Disabled Uncle

Fraud 1Patrick Vincent Pecchia, 56, has been charged with one count of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult after stealing over a million dollars from his uncle who was suffering from dementia. 

An agent conducting the investigation noted that as of April 16, 2007, the uncle’s assets totaled $1,890,906.28 and prior to his death, Pecchia had transferred $1,810,583.24 of the assets out.  According to the criminal complaint, Pecchia used his uncle’s money to pay his credit card bills, purchase large equipment for his work, obtain personal loans and other expenses including gambling debts. 

The court sentenced Pecchia to 72 months in prison, but stayed execution of the sentence and placed him on 20 years of supervised probation.  He was also ordered to pay $871,677 in restitution.

See Man Charged With Stealing Over $1M From Uncle With Dementia, Minnesota CBS Local, Apr. 28, 2015. 

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