Prosecutor: Gary cop stole from 89-year-old

September 21, 2009 1:27:08 PM PDT
A veteran Gary, Ind., police officer admitted to stealing a home and money from an elderly neighbor. Joshua Wiley, 51, faces 3 years in prison in the case, according to Lake County Prosecutor Bernard A. Carter. On Monday, Carter announced that Wiley agreed to the term, which would be served at the Community Corrections program starting January 15.

Wiley will also have to pay $116,765.51 to the estate of Helen Chentnik. Chentnik, who had dementia, died in 2006.

Between December 2002 and September 2005, Wiley used Chentnik's debit card to withdraw cash and purchase goods for himself, according to Carter. He also opened a joint checking account. In 2005, he obtained a fraudulent Quit Claim Deed to Chentnik's residence.

Carter said Wiley knew the 89-year-old woman suffered from dementia and Alzheimer's and was not competent to make financial decisions.


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