|John Louis Wages|
A Pensacola man faces up to 30 years in state prison after a jury convicted him of exploiting a blind, elderly victim.
An Escambia County jury on Tuesday convicted John Louis Wages, 45, of illegal use of criminal identification information against a victim over 60 years of age and exploitation of the elderly, according to a release from Attorney General Pam Bondi's office.
The case was investigated by the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the State Attorney's Office after an anonymous report to the Florida Department of Children and Families Elder Abuse hotline.
The person who called the hotline said Wages was using an elderly victim's money and credit card without consent while the victim was in Wages' care.
The victim was deemed legally blind and suffered from hearing loss and was moved into Wages' home for assistance with daily activities and finances, according to the Attorney General's office release.
More than $20,000 had been misappropriated from a joint account Wages opened with the victim shortly after moving the victim into his home.
Wages bought his children more than $1,000 worth of Christmas presents with a Target gift card issued in the victim's name without consent, the release states.
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Pensacola man convicted of spending more than $20K of blind, elderly victim's money