October 22, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A former Alameda County Superior Court judge has been sentenced to five years of probation for stealing from his 97-year-old neighbor who trusted him with her life savings.
The Oakland Tribune says 58-year-old Paul Seeman received his sentence Monday as part of a plea deal in which he was found guilty of one count of financial elder abuse and one count of perjury.
He was also ordered to pay back the $5,600 that he stole.
Seeman lived across the street from the late Anne Nutting and her husband in 1999 when they were banned from living in their Berkeley home, which was deemed uninhabitable.
Seeman offered to help the couple with their legal troubles and won power of attorney over their savings. Prosecutors said he siphoned money from that account after Nutting's husband died.
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