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A Bardstown accused of conning a 78-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease out of $25,000 was arrested Monday.
William Scott Bartley, 30, sealed a driveway for an elderly man with Alzheimer’s in October 2011.
Bartley, knowing the man’s age and condition, contacted the man and received multiple payments for sealing his driveway, claiming the man had not paid for the services yet, police said.
Bartley did this several times, according to a Bardstown Police press release. On one occasion, he followed the man to Lee’s Famous Recipe and tricked him into writing him a check, Bardstown Detective Lynn Davis said.
On another occasion, Bartley came to the man’s house not knowing his son was home.
“The son could hear Bartley talking to his dad saying ‘You owe me money,’ ” Davis said.
He said the man’s son ran him off, saying his father didn’t owe him any money.
Davis said that’s when the scam was revealed.
“The suspect was trying to target the victim when he was away from his family,” Davis said.
After police consulted with the man’s family, it is believed Bartley tricked him out of $25,000.
Davis said family members checking on the man’s bank account believe Bartley likely tricked the man several times.
Police are investigating possible associates of Bartley’s, who might be targeting other individuals with Alzheimer’s for similar crimes.
“All we know about is this one victim,” said Davis, who is the investigating officer.
Police arrested Bartley about 11:50 a.m. Monday and charged him with one count of theft by deception and one count of abuse of an adult.
Davis said Bartley told police he was “borrowing” the money.
Police are asking that anyone with information regarding the incident to contact the Bardstown Police Department at 502-348-6811 or Nelson County Dispatch at 502-348-3211.