- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - A Missoula woman will avoid jail time defrauding a 70-year-old man with dementia out of nearly a quarter-million dollars in assets.

The Missoulian reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/2jveyFE ) that a judge has imposed a sentence of 20 years in the Department of Corrections for 39-year-old Sara Louise Snyder. All but five of those years have been suspended.

The judge also recommended Snyder be placed in a pre-release center of out in the community under supervision, rather than incarceration.

According to court documents, Snyder was acting as the victim’s caretaker when she began taking care of his finances, including collecting rental income from his properties. That income was never deposited into the victim’s bank accounts.

Court records show the victim lost his home and was unable to care for himself.

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Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com

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