TUALATIN, Ore. – A woman arrested for ripping off $80,000 and other valuable items from an 81-year-old man in Tualatin pleaded guilty last Wednesday.
Kelly Dresser (pictured right) pleaded guilty to criminal mistreatment and aggravated theft. She was sentenced to 5 years probation. A restitution hearing is scheduled in April where she may be ordered to pay back thousands of dollars she bilked from the victim.
Detectives said Dresser and 43-year-old Nichole Garlitz (pictured left) had been financially exploiting Harvey Oldenstadt since early 2011. Garlitz remains in jail and is set for trial on March 12.
Deputies said the pair approached Oldenstadt at a shopping center parking lot sometime in 2011 and struck up a friendship.
An alert family member called authorities in April 2013 and said the women were keeping Oldenstadt away from his family and had taken over every aspect of his life, including his finances, said Sgt. Bob Ray with the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Detectives learned the duo ripped off $80,000 in cash along with heirloom jewelry, antiques and tools. A farm that had been in the victim's family for more than 100 years was in jeopardy of being lost to Garlitz and Dresser, Ray said.
Washington County detectives said they often see cases where people with dementia are exploited and abused.
Deputies think there may be other victims of unreported crimes committed by Dresser and Garlitz. Anyone with information was asked to call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503-846-2500.