Two convicted in scam against Amish widower
CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- Two people have been convicted of helping scam $67,000 from an Amish widower who didn't report being victimized out of concern his church community would learn he sought sex from a prostitute.
Patrick Lansdowne, 41, of Cleveland, pleaded guilty Thursday in Geauga County Common Pleas Court to two counts of theft from an elderly person and extortion. Prosecutors dismissed three other counts in exchange for the plea.
No sentencing date was set, although Judge Forrest W. Burt told Lansdowne he could add up to 111/2 years to the time he already is serving until August 2007 for unrelated crimes.
Stanley Roy, 42, of Cleveland, was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay more than $7,000 restitution after pleading guilty to charges Wednesday.
Kimberly Webber, 35, of Cleveland, and George Steffen, 63, of Brunswick, also have been charged.
Jake Byler, 75, of Burton Township, gave Webber and Lansdowne, her boyfriend, money because they had convinced him that photos of the Amish man and the prostitute would appear on the Internet, county Prosecutor David Joyce has said.
He said the plot was discovered last year when Byler's bank became suspicious about large sums of money being withdrawn from his account. The bank called his son, who had power of attorney, and notified him of the withdrawals.