|1/24/2013 10:43:00 AM|
Man sentenced for
financial exploitation of 88 year-old father
BY DENISE MARTIN
A man facing 12 counts for financially exploiting a vulnerable senior citizen has been sentenced following his guilty plea on two felony counts, with the remaining 10 counts dismissed.
District Judge Todd Schoffelman sent Jeffrey Peter Pohl to county jail for a year. An 18-month prison sentence was stayed as long as Pohl can meet court conditions imposed for 10 years and provide restitution of $118,575. Among the stipulations, Pohl must not engage in gambling or enter a gambling establishment. He must not enter into certain contracts or provide financial advice to others.
Pohl, 45, was investigated after a complaint made to Lakes Area Police by a family member. County Health & Human Services aided in the investigation and Asst. County Attorney Beth Beaman was the prosecutor. Pohl, who resides in Buffalo, MN was pulling funds out of his 88-year-old father’s accounts, over a three year period, according to court documents.
A couple major real estate sales transactions bolstered the victim’s accounts, in addition to normal savings. The charges started with activity in 2009. The criminal complaint lists dozens of withdrawals Pohl made that were “not made for the benefit of (the victim).” The charges state that the defendant failed to use the real or personal property or other financial resources of the vulnerable adult to provide food, clothing, shelter, health care, therapeutic conduct or supervision for the vulnerable adult.