A King County man is facing charges of theft for “abusing the confidence and credit” of another Seattle man. The reported victim is a developmentally disabled grocery store clerk who is said to have a big heart, according to the Seattle PI.
The suspect befriended the other man through a family friend last year. In the past year, he is said to have coerced him into taking out loans totaling $8,500 and racking up $6,500 in credit charges. He now faces felony theft charges in King County.
According to the article, the alleged victim is very trusting and would do anything for someone he considers to be a friend. They report that although he is middle aged, his mental capacity is estimated as being equal to that of a 12 year old.
The suspect had the alleged victim take out high interest loans and even go on a Nordstrom shopping spree in which $4,000 in merchandise was charged to the victim’s credit, and later returned for cash.
All theft crimes are considered serious in the eyes of the court. However, when the victim is developmentally disabled, elderly or even a child you will face even more disdain from the court.
The alleged victim of your crime can impact the charges against you. If you are accused of taking advantage of someone more vulnerable, you will likely feel greater judgment, not only from the court but also from those around you.
Theft charges are as serious as the value of the goods, services, or money stolen. While misdemeanor theft applies to those involving less than $250, anything more is considered a felony. Felony theft can result in a prison sentence of up to 43 months.
If you are facing charges of theft, forgery, or credit card fraud, you need an aggressive defense attorney in your corner. Let me help you get ready for court. Call me today for a free consultation and some legal advice.