FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Fairbanks Police have charged three people connected with a scheme to defraud an elderly man who ultimately died.
Julio Cardona Jr., Julio Cardona the third, and Richard Webb were indicted on multiple counts of theft, vehicle theft, scheme to defraud, and forgery after they allegedly stole and sold much of Derrall McBerney's property.
According to Detective Anthony Laska with FPD, they began investigating the case in October after McBerney's sister who lives out of state called about the Cardonas not leaving the property.
McBerney was in a hospital in Anchorage, and made Webb his financial power of attorney. Webb hired the Cardonas to take care of McBerney when he got out of the hospital. They had previously taken care of him for two weeks while employed by Access Alaska. They were no longer working for Access Alaska when they were hired by Webb.
According to the Alaska Division of Commerce, Webb is president of the Fix Community Lions club.
Charging documents claim that the Cardonas began selling Mr. McBerney's property in July before he died and continued to sell it after he died. An investigation revealed that they had changed titles to multiple vehicles belonging to McBerney, and sold them without permission including a motor home, van, ATV, and two snowmachines. Police said they also sold tools and other property.
Webb was arraigned Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him.
FPD Detective Anthony Laska says unfortunately, crimes like these aren't uncommon, but there are things you can do.
"Just a reminded that elder abuse, in situations like this, you know, criminal offense. If you have any situations where you believe your loved one is being taken advantage of by either a personal care attendant, power of attorney, anything by that means, contact adult protective services or your local law enforcement so we can investigate the situation," said Laska.
Fairbanks Police say the Cardonas are believed to have left the state. They ask anyone with information about their whereabouts to contact their local police.