Bennington couple guilty of financially exploiting elderly relative

  • court/crime Jason Morrison

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, November 07, 2018 10:59PM

A Bennington couple has been found guilty of financially exploiting a relative for more than $90,000. 

James Folley, 69, and his wife Karen, 62, were convicted of six felony charges on Thursday after a four-day jury trial at the Hillsborough Superior Court North in Manchester, according to a news release from New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald. 

The Folleys took more than $22,480 from the victim through ATM withdrawals and spent around $20,000 of the victim’s money from debit card transactions.

Additionally, James withdrew $1,237 from the victim’s bank account and transferred an additional $50,000 from the victim’s account to his personal account without her authorization.

The Folleys were investigated by the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (BEAS) and the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) after BEAS received allegations that the Folleys had exploited his sister, leaving her unable to pay for medical and other long-term care expenses. 

James was found guilty of three counts of class A felony theft by unauthorized taking and one class B felony count of financial exploitation of an elderly adult.

Karen was found guilty of two counts of class A felony theft by unauthorized taking. 

The two will be sentenced on Nov. 21.

The maximum penalty for each class A felony is a 15 year prison sentence and a $4,000 fine, while the maximum penalty for a class B felony is seven years in prison and a $4,000 fine. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.