- Associated Press - Monday, March 9, 2015

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - A 56-year-old New York man has been charged with stealing $250,000 from a woman who was a special needs client of the service agency where he worked.

Police in Saratoga Springs say John Cook of the Albany suburb of Colonie has been charged with grand larceny.

Police say the state Justice Center for the Protection of People With Special Needs received about a tip last August that Cook was possibly involved in defrauding a 47-year-old woman who was a client of Living Resources, an Albany-based community services agency.

Police say Cook received $250,000 from her in September 2013 to assist her in producing a compact disk of music related to her personal tragedy. Officials say he instead spent most of the money for personal expenses.

Authorities didn’t know if Cook has a lawyer yet.

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