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Published: Tuesday, 11/26/2013

4 indicted in cases of thefts from the elderly

BLADE STAFF

Four individuals accused of stealing from the elderly in three unrelated cases were indicted Tuesday by a Lucas County grand jury.

Eric Richardson, 37, of Weston, Ohio, was indicted on charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, felonious assault, and theft from an elderly person for a 2012 incident. He is accused of forcing his way into a house in the 500 block of South Avenue, assaulting the elderly resident, and stealing items from her home.

Also indicted was Richard Fisher, 56, of Toledo who is charged with identity fraud against an elderly person. Investigators say Mr. Fisher opened multiple credit-card accounts in the name of an elderly Toledo man without his knowledge and charged more than $19,000 worth of goods in 2011 and 2012.

The grand jury also indicted Allen Martin, 32, and Joshua Walmannstetter, 22, both of Toledo, on charges of theft from an elderly person, misuse of a credit card, three counts of forgery, and identity fraud against an elderly person. Investigators say an elderly woman, who since has died, had hired Martin to do some work at her home and to drive her places. He is accused of stealing her bank card and using it to withdraw about $900 in cash. Martin allegedly gave the card to Mr. Walmannstetter, who is accused of using it to buy items totaling $2,000 from locations in East Toledo.



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