NEW PORT RICHEY — A 62-year-old man accused of stealing from an Alzheimer's patient pleaded no contest in court Tuesday.
Donald R. Stewart of New Port Richey was arrested in December 2009, when deputies said he took charge of the 91-year-old woman's finances, draining her bank account and running up thousands in credit card charges. Stewart, who lived in the woman's home while she was in a nursing home, pleaded no contest to exploitation of the elderly and was sentenced to five years of probation, said his attorney, Geoff Cox.
The woman has since died. Stewart must pay $20,000 in restitution to her estate and was required to relinquish any interest in it. He is also prohibited from entering into any more personal service agreements, Cox said.