TALLMADGE — A Silver Lake man has been charged with a felony in connection with an allegation that he deceived an elderly Tallmadge man with dementia into giving him nearly $13,000 in late 2017 and early 2018.
According to Stow Municipal Court records, 25-year-old Logan R. Given entered a felony no plea to third-degree felony theft at his Aug. 29 arraignment and he was scheduled for a felony status hearing before Judge Lisa Coates on Thursday morning.
According to a police report, the Tallmadge man’s wife reported April 3 that Given allegedly deceived her husband, who suffers from dementia and Parkinson’s disease, into withdrawing a total of $12,950 from bank accounts over a period of about two months from late November 2017 to late January 2018.
The woman said Given had worked at their home on and off for several years, including doing renovation work, and she and her husband formed a friendship with him. The woman said she discovered that Given, while supposedly driving her husband to Burger King, had actually allegedly taken him through a Huntington Bank drive thru in an unknown location and had him take out a total of $11,500 from a savings account over five transactions and $1,450 in two checking account withdrawals.
The woman said she did not realize right away what was going on because she was not receiving bank statements and when she did eventually confront Given, she alleged he initially agreed to pay back the money, but then broke off contact with her.
According to court records, the theft charge was filed June 25 and a warrant was issued for Given’s arrest. The U.S. Marshal’s Service arrested Given Aug. 28 and he was released from Summit County Jail on a 10 percent of $10,000 bond the next day.
Given’s attorney did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
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