Pa. couple allegedly took $85K from elderly man

December 9, 2008 9:03:24 AM PST
Prosecutors say an eastern Pennsylvania couple milked an elderly man's bank account of $85,000 while they were supposed to be caring for him. But the couple's attorney told a Schuylkill County jury Monday that the two had permission to use the man's money.

Trial continues Tuesday in Pottsville for Robert and Catherine Whitney. They are charged with theft and conspiracy for allegedly stealing the money from Louis Long of Mahanoy City.

Attorneys say Long was suffering from Alzheimer's Disease when the Whitneys took him into their home.

Prosecutors say the couple had power of attorney over Long's finances and used his money to buy a luxury car and an SUV and to pay their taxes. Their attorney says Long was never deprived of anything.

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Information from: WNEP-TV, http://www.wnep.com

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