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Pasco elderly exploitation case is delayed

NEW PORT RICHEY — Joseph and Cynthia Clancy, accused of bilking a woman in their care out of money and property, won another extension Friday to their 3-year-old case.

For the victim, it means more waiting.

Eloise Mudway is 91.

She is impatient and outspoken. "They're scum bums," she said of the Clancys.

Following the slow progression of most criminal cases, the Clancys went on trial in September on charges of exploitation of the elderly and grand theft. But a legal hiccup resulted in a mistrial and the case was reset for Dec. 8.

On Friday, Cynthia Clancy's public defender, Dean Livermore, told a judge he discovered new evidence — bank records and checks — that he needs to review. Plus, he'll be off work until Dec. 3 for his son's wedding.

"I don't think I can be prepared and ready to go to trial," Livermore said. The state objected, but the delay was granted. Next hearing: Jan. 12.

Her current caretaker, Jeff Kores, just shook his head.

Mudway met the Clancys through the doctor's office where Cynthia Clancy used to work. Prosecutors say they moved in with Mudway, a widow with no children, in order to take care of her, but they soon began exploiting her.

They took over power of attorney, transferred her Hilltop Drive home — where they still live — to themselves, and burned through thousands of dollars of her savings, authorities say.

Mudway says it was more personal than that. She said the Clancys fed her nothing but bologna sandwiches and pickle loaf, made her do their laundry and wait on them, and told Kores she has a "big sweet tooth" when in fact, she's diabetic.

Kores, 49, says he has become a victim too. He says the civil lawsuit the Clancys filed against him, his wife and Mudway is costing him thousands in legal fees. His home is nearing foreclosure.

"Those people have destroyed us," Kores said.

The Clancys — she's now 46 and he is 55 — and Livermore declined to comment for this story.

Mudway, who uses a wheelchair and has trouble hearing, is otherwise healthy. Feisty, even.

She says she'll be ready to testify when the new trial finally happens — "if God lets me live."

Molly Moorhead can be reached at moorhead@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6245.

Pasco elderly exploitation case is delayed 11/21/08 [Last modified: Sunday, November 23, 2008 11:00pm]
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