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New Bedford man who stole more than $60,000 from dying grandfather to serve 9 months

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Last January, New Bedford’s Christopher Strouse was arrested and charged with stealing over $60,000 from his dying grandfather. He was recently sentenced to two years in prison, but will only serve 9 months in the house of corrections. According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s office the balance of his sentence was suspended and he will be placed on a 2 year probation when released.

Strouse was accused of improperly accessing his grandfather’s checking account at Citizens Bank and stole more than $60,000 from his failing and elderly grandfather, who died in May of 2016 at the age of 86.

This case is an example of what’s wrong with the judicial system in our area and throughout Massachusetts. Serving 9 month for stealing $60,000 is like earning $6,666.66 per month in prison.

First, prosecutors asked for a $25,000 bail in the case, but the judge set bail at $5,000. He probably didn’t have a problem making bail since he stole over $60,000. According to the victims son Alan Waddington, Strouse was sentenced to 9 months in jail after Strouse accepted a plea deal from prosecutors. Waddington also claims it is much more than $60,000.

Per the Bristol County District Attorney’s office’s press release in January, Strouse faced seven counts of larceny of over $250 from a person over the age of 60 and eight counts of conspiracy to commit larceny.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s office reports that Strouse stole checks from his grandfather’s checkbook and drafted checks payable to friends and associates. In turn, each “strawman” would cash the check payable to them and split the cash with the defendant.

The charged co-conspirators in the case are:

–Brian Miller, 47, of New Bedford, one count each of larceny over $250 of a person over 60 and conspiracy to commit larceny.
–Kyle Tremblay, 44, of New Bedford, one count each of larceny over $250 of a person over 60 and conspiracy to commit larceny.
–Jared Perry, 29, of Carver, one count each of larceny over $250 of a person over 60 and conspiracy to commit larceny.
–Jordon Caetano, 35, of New Bedford, one count each of larceny over $250 of a person over 60 and conspiracy to commit larceny.
–Raul Garcia, 27, of New Bedford, one count each of larceny over $250 of a person over 60 and conspiracy to commit larceny.
–Mary Lopes, 24, of New Bedford, one count each of larceny over $250 of a person over 60 and conspiracy to commit larceny.

According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s office a financial restitution hearing is scheduled for September 29, 2017.

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