- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania man who wrote a bad check from his dying aunt’s bank account will spend nearly one to two years in a county jail.

The Cambria County judge who sentenced 48-year-old Robert Vasilinda on Tuesday, made the maximum sentence a day less than two years, which means he won’t have to serve the time in a state prison.

Vasilinda had power of attorney over his aunt’s finances when he wrote the bad check to a Lowe’s home improvement store. He pleaded guilty to that crime in March, but police and prosecutors contend he looted the woman’s accounts and he was ordered to pay $8,800 in other restitution, which is being challenged by his public defender.

Vasilinda says he cared for the woman and did nothing with her money “unless she told me.”


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