Fort Collins Theft Against an At-Risk Person Attorney
Stealing from a Woman with Alzheimer’s

A woman was arrested in Boulder for Theft Against an At-Risk Person for scamming an elderly woman with Alzheimer's out of $25,000. Read more here.

Taking something of value from someone is considered Theft in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park. It is considered a more serious felony when the person is considered at-risk. A woman was recently arrested in Boulder for stealing $25,000 from an 89-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease. In Colorado, ‘at-risk adult’ is defined as:

any person who is seventy years of age or older or any person who is eighteen years of age or older and is a person with a disability.

Based on age alone, the woman victim would be considered an at-risk person, but her diminished mental capacity also qualifies her as an at-risk adult, even if she had been younger than 70.

Definition of Theft from an At-Risk Person in Larimer County

According to C.R.S. 18-4-401, Theft in Larimer, Boulder, and Grand County is taking something of value from another with the intention of never giving it back. When the Theft occurs against an at-risk victim, it is punished more harshly as defined under C.R.S. 18-6.5-103(5) – Crimes Against At-Risk Persons:

(5) Any person who commits theft, and commits any element or portion of the offense in the presence of the victim, as such crime is described in section 18-4-401 (1), and the victim is an at-risk person, or who commits theft against an at-risk person while acting in a position of trust, whether or not in the presence of the victim, or who commits theft against an at-risk person knowing the victim is an at-risk person, whether in the presence of the victim or not, commits a class 5 felony if the value of the thing involved is less than five hundred dollars or a class 3 felony if the value of the thing involved is five hundred dollars or more. Theft from the person of an at-risk person by means other than the use of force, threat, or intimidation is a class 4 felony without regard to the value of the thing taken.

Because the woman scammed the elderly woman, offering her fake magazine subscriptions for the money, it is likely she was charged with the class 4 felony because no threats, force, or intimidation were used to get the money. In Boulder, a class 4 felony is punishable by 2 to 6 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections and up to $500,000 in fines.

If you or someone you love has been charged with Theft or any Crime Against an At-Risk Person, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact the best Larimer County criminal defense attorneys from the O’Malley Law office at 970-658-0007. Together, we can protect your future.

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