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    15 Years Prison for Woman who Conned 90 YO Landlord out of $63,000

    A successful prosecution by the District Attorney’s Elder Abuse Unit and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in a 15 year prison sentence for Jin Joe White, 46, who conned her 90-year-old landlord out of over $63,000.

    White had recently been released on parole in June, 2012 when she rented an apartment in a Capitol Hill neighborhood from the elder victim who owned the building. Within a few months, White began assisting the landlord with his finances. She lied in convincing the elder landlord to withdraw large sums of money from his bank, telling him that she needed cash to pay some of his bills which could no longer be paid by credit card or check.

    White and the landlord made numerous trips to banks where he withdrew funds and gave the money to White. The scheme was uncovered when White drove the vulnerable landlord to the FirstBank in Lakewood to withdraw funds. A manager at the bank became concerned that the customer, the landlord, was being taken advantage of by White and contacted the Jefferson County Sheriff on February 21, 2013 asking them to do a welfare check. The elder landlord lives in Golden Gate Canyon. Sheriff’s deputies contacted the victim and began their investigation.

    White had four prior felony convictions for forgery, attempted theft, trespass and escape. She was on parole at the time of this offense.

    White was arrested in May, 2013. She pled guilty to Theft of an At-Risk Victim (F3) on November 12, 2013.

    “We are committed to protecting our older adults and holding those who victimize them accountable. This sentence sends a strong message that abuse of the elderly will be dealt with severely,” said District Attorney Pete Weir. “The decision by the FirstBank officer to contact law enforcement and report the suspected elder abuse is commendable. This was months before the new Mandatory Reporting of Elder Abuse bill passed the Colorado legislature.”

    Colorado’s legislature passed a Mandatory Reporting bill in 2013 requiring people in certain professions, including financial institutions, to report suspected elder abuse. Information about the Elder Abuse Mandatory Reporting law which goes into effect on July 1, 2014 is available through the District Attorney’s Elder Abuse Unit, 303-271-6800.

    At the sentencing hearing on February 6, District Judge Randall Arp called White a criminal predator and pointed out that the elderly victim was one of the first people White met after she was released on parole. Judge Arp said that 15 years in prison was appropriate because he did not believe Ms. White could be rehabilitated.

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    February 11, 2014

    Jin Joe White

    Last Updated: 2-11-2014
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