Man pleads guilty to embezzlement from vulnerable adult.

January 19, 2016
Dean Drake with his attorney, Karri Russell.

Dean Drake with his attorney, Karri Russell.

By Allison Scarbrough. Contributing Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 53-year-old Riverton Township man pleaded guilty in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, Jan. 19, to embezzlement from a vulnerable adult and stealing/retaining a financial transaction device without consent.

In exchange for Dean Alan Drake’s guilty pleas to the two counts, two other counts of stealing/retaining a financial transaction device without consent were dismissed. The plea agreement calls for Drake serving four months up front of a one-year discretionary jail sentence.

Drake testified that the victim has multiple sclerosis, and he helped care for her occasionally. A co-defendant in the case also helped care for her, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola.

The crimes occurred in May through July of 2015, Spaniola said. Restitution in the case is yet to be determined, according to Spaniola.

Drake testified that the the victim gave him her personal identification (PIN) for her automated teller machine (ATM) card, and he took out more money out of her bank account than she authorized. He said the amount was more than $1,000.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 15 at 3 p.m.

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