Former Ohio attorney guilty of stealing $882,000 from woman with dementia

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – A former Ohio attorney has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $882,000 from an elderly woman with dementia over a seven-year period.

Mark Alan Thomas, 62, of St. Clairsville, Belmont County, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and faces up to 20 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio.

According to court records, Thomas defrauded the woman from 2012 through August 2019 while acting as her Power of Attorney.

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thomas continued to act as the woman’s attorney after his law license was revoked in 2015, convincing banks and life insurance companies, among others, to transfer the victim’s money for his personal use.

Court documents said Thomas told a banker he needed $200,00  from the victim’s investment account to set up an educational fund she wanted, but once he received the money, he transferred it to himself.

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