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Pleasanton woman, 86, bilked out of life savings by son, daughter-in-law

Original post made on Jul 3, 2013

An Auburn man has been sentenced to 60 months in prison for bilking his 86-year-old mother, a Pleasanton resident, out of her life savings, nearly a half million dollars.

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Posted by Fair is Fair
a resident of Mission Park
on Jul 3, 2013 at 8:34 am

Out in 2015??? He not only stole from his mom but he essentially robbed all of us too since I assume taxpayers will have to pay a larger % of her living expenses now she is broke. Raise your hand if you think this guy and his wife should serve their entire terms!

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Posted by Mike4911
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jul 3, 2013 at 8:50 am

Disagree with Fair is Fair. They should get NO prison time -- that just costs taxpayers money, too.

They should get the Sheriff's Work Program. (Go to work, return to minimum security jail or halfway house each night; entire paycheck goes to pay restitution and the sheriff). Their sentence would end when they pay FULL restitution, or die !!

A round of applause for PPD and Keith Batt. These cases are tough to make, and many police departments try to avoid investigating them thoroughly by claiming it is an issue for the civil courts.

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Posted by Claudette
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2013 at 9:46 am

I agree with Mike, why put them in jail not earning anything while his mother is broke because of his evil ways ~ Make the two of them pay her back with a work furlough program as mentioned above. Make them pay, not taxpayers ~ And include required visits to his mom!

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Mission Park
on Jul 3, 2013 at 10:20 am

Great idea, Mike! Punishment is good, restitution is better and restitution combined with paying back the tax payers is best. It's about time we revisited our penal system and, where possible, devised "punishments" which focuses on victim restitution and taxpayer relief, in that order.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 3, 2013 at 10:28 am

First: Liquidate all of his assets to start to repay mom, then work furlough etc.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 3, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Sell his wife's home and return the money she received to pay down the principal. Next, sell off whatever assets he has (the son) and reimburse his mom. The halfway program sounds good to me, and every penny earned should go to his mom.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 4, 2013 at 5:55 pm

Punishment should be determined after restitution.


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Posted by Mike4911
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jul 5, 2013 at 9:08 am

To be fair to "Fair is Fair" -- I was not trying to put you down. You can tell that all posters are in agreement: the punishment was not harsh enough, and there are better ways to punish that would both help the victim and taxpayer. (And maybe even the suspect -- broadly it is called "Restorative Justice." It just seems like common sense as demonstrated by all of the respondents).

All crimes involving breach of trust are particularly cruel and should be treated as such. Doesn't matter if the breach is by family member, teacher, police officer, government official, clergy.

Judges and DAs are elected (and usually rubber stamped by the voters). Let's insist that the media publish real facts about cases they have handled. Once again, the cops did a great job and the scumbag got off light... and probably has some of the $$ hidden somewhere.

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Posted by Victor
a resident of Avignon
on Jul 5, 2013 at 10:44 am

For those two creeps Jail is too easy, they should be stripped of their assets, made to do janitorial work at the county jail on their days off of their regular jobs to keep their Mom in a five star senior living facility. Sorry for calling them creeps, should have been scum bags.

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