Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
March 26, 2018
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
en Español Print Icon Print Version

Florida Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Exploiting Blind Elderly Victim of More Than $20,000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.––Attorney General Pam Bondi today announced that the Honorable Judge Gary Bergosh, Escambia Circuit Court, sentenced John Louis Wages, 46, to 12 years in state prison. Wages is responsible for one count of exploitation and one count of fraudulent use of personal identification information of a person 60 years of age or older.

The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in Pensacola investigated this case. The elderly victim, deemed legally blind and suffering from hearing loss, moved into Wages’ home for assistance with daily activities and finances. The MFCU investigation uncovered Wages misappropriated more than $20,000 worth of funds from a joint account that Wages opened with the victim. In addition, Wages used the victim’s Target Credit Card without authorization to make online purchases of approximately $1,000.

Assistant Attorney General Christi Hankins, cross sworn as a Special Prosecutor with William “Bill” Eddins Office of the State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, prosecuted the case.