A Saginaw County man charged with four felonies in elder abuse case.
Ricky Bradford Wilson was supposed to look out for his 90-year-old great aunt, but is now being charged with two counts of embezzlement of $100,000 or more for transferring $120,000 from her account to his as well as transferring the deed to her house to himself. Each count holds a 20 year sentence as well as a possible fine up to three times the amount embezzled.
Additionally, Wilson has another two counts for transferring the title of her classic 1967 Ford Mustang convertible to himself. A felony count of Intent to Pass False Title could result in a 10 year sentence as well as $5,000 fine. A felony count of embezzlement for converting the vehicle ownership can be up to five years in jail as well as up to three times the amount embezzled.
For one-and-a-half years, Ricky Bradford Willson had Durable Power of Attorney for his 90-year-old great aunt. He was supposed to look out for her best interests as she aged.
Instead, Willson transferred $120,000 in cash from his aunt’s bank account into his, signed a quit claim deed transferring her house in Gladwin to himself, and transferred the title of her classic 1967 Ford Mustang convertible to himself.
According to Michigan Attorney General Nessel, the great aunt became suspicious when the money and car were missing as well as the locks being changed on the house.
Willson is out on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.
Michigan residents can anonymously report any signs or concerns about elder abuse by calling 800-24-ABUSE (800-242-2873).