TUALATIN, Ore. -- A Tualatin farmer may have to sell his land after two women worked their way into his life and, police say, took his money.
Harvey Oldenstadt worked at his family farm all his life. He saved money, paid off the land, and at 81 years old, looked forward to his golden years. He loves the land he's worked to keep..
But now that s in doubt after police say two women took advantage ofOldenstadt's memory issues, worked their way into his life and shut out his family.
Nichole Garlitz is being held in the Washington County Jail on multiple charges of felony criminal mistreatment, identity theft and felony aggravated theft, along with possession and distribution of methamphetamine.
Kelly Dresser is also charged with multiple counts of felony criminal mistreatment, identity theft, felony aggravated theft and tampering with evidence. Dresser posted bail and was released.
Oldenstadt s son, Jeff Lopez, said he grew suspicious when his father was suddenly not available.
He didn t answer his phones. They didn t allow him to answer his phones, Lopez said. If we called or if we talked to him, said, 'We re going to come up and see you,' he wasn t home all of a sudden.
In the meantime, the sons say the women stole or sold off a barn full of equipment and tools. They say the two also put themselves onOldenstadt s life insurance as beneficiaries, changed his will and tried to put the deed to the farm in their name.
Oldenstadt thought the women were his friends. Now, as he begins to realize the depth of his problems, he uses a word that is not printable. And he hopes they go to prison.
I hope they lock them up forever, he said.
Police say the pair drainedOldenstadt's bank account of $80,000 cash and maxed out every credit card he owned.
Along the way they took his trust.
He don t trust nobody. It s sad, it really is, said his son, Tim Oldenstadt.
Senior crime victim advocates sayOldenstadt s story is more common than most think.
This is a generation in their 80s, when people were honest. And they looked you in the eye and shook your hand and you knew they were good for their word, said Marcia Langer, a Seniors Crime Victim Coordinator for the Washington County Sheriff s Office.
On the outside, Oldenstadtis still smiling. But his son s say on the inside he is hurting.
He s really upset. And financially, he s devastated. He was set for life, and they pretty much took everything, said his son Jeff.
He said his father is now eating TV-tray dinners to save money and worries about every light that s turned on in his home because it increases the power bill.
The family farm covers 70 acres and while it is paid for, Harvey s sons worry he will have to sell it to cover his debts.