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Lehigh man sentenced to 20 years in prison for exploitation

October 17, 2017
Special to THE CITIZEN ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

A Lehigh Acres man received prison time after recently being found guilty of exploitation.

Ryan Todd Powers, 41, of 710 North Ave., received 20 years in prison on Oct. 16 for four counts of exploiting an elderly or disabled person, according to the State Attorney's Office. The victim also received her home back after a quitclaim deed on the house that he deeded to himself was canceled.

A Lee County jury had found Powers guilty on Sept. 1 following a four-day trial.

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Ryan Todd Powers

Powers became the power of attorney for the victim and her husband in August 2015. After obtaining power of attorney he opened a fraudulent checking account in her name without her knowledge or approval and had her monthly social security checks redirected into the new account.

From October 2015 to July 2016, Powers proceeded to use the account, along with her husband's account for his own personal use, while refusing to pay for the victim and her husband's care. While the victim was in a healthcare facility, she had no belongings and had to have clothes donated to her.

The victims had several assets which Powers sold, and in November, he used the power of attorney to deed the victim's home to himself. Power's actions resulted in a total loss exceeding $50,000.

Assistant State Attorneys Jennifer Royal and J.D. Miller handled the case.

Source: State Attorney's Office



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