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Family Member & Caregiver Charged With Stealing Thousands From Elderly Man



January 28, 2016
Thursday AM

(SitNews) Ketchikan, Alaska - Two Ketchikan residents are being charged with Second Degree Theft after allegedly taking thousands of dollars from an elderly man.

Tuesday, Ketchikan Chief of Police Alan Bengaard announced that Ketchikan Police Officers responded to a residence in the 2400 block of Hemlock Street to a report by an elderly man who said he had money stolen from his bank account. Officers spoke with the victim who told them he had discovered his nephew, Norman A. Arriola, age 69, had taken approximately $2,700.00 out of his bank account. According to information given to the police by the victim, the money was taken while Arriola was accompanying him on a trip to Washington State for medical treatment.

Ketchikan Police Officers conducted the investigation which revealed that Arriola allegedly made multiple unauthorized ATM withdrawls from the elderly man's account. During the investigation Officers discovered that Arriola also allegedly made multiple unauthorized withdrawls in Ketchikan between October and November 2015 totaling $2,800.00.

Officers interviewed Arriola, who admitted to "taking the victim’s debit card and stealing money from the account".

Arriola was served a summons to appear in court, charging him with Theft in the Second Degree and Fraudulent Use of an Access Device. Theft 2-Value $750-$24,999 (Class C Felony).

During the investigation, Ketchikan Police Officers also discovered that the elderly man was missing a large coin collection valued at approximately $4,300.00. Officers reported they discovered that Margaret Edais-Yeltatzie, age 62, had allegedly taken the coins from the victim’s home.

Edais-Yeltatzie had been going to the elderly man’s residence to assist him with daily living tasks. Edais-Yeltatzie was served a summons to appear in court, charging her with Theft in the Second Degree -Value $750-$24,999 (Class C Felony)

For theft of property or services valued at more than $500, but less than $25,000, the offense is theft in the second degree, a class C felony under Alaska law. (Alaska Stat. §11.46.130.) For a class C felony, an offender may receive a sentence of incarceration for up to five years, and a fine of not more than $50,000. However, if the offender has no prior criminal convictions, and no other special circumstances exist, the offender may receive a sentence of two years or less. (Alaska Stat. § 12.55.125(e), 12.55.035(b)(4).)

In some cases, the offender may even receive no actual sentence of imprisonment other than a suspended sentence. Under these circumstances, jail time will result only if the offender violates certain terms and conditions set forth by the sentencing court as part of the suspended sentence.

According to court records, Edais-Yeltatzie's arraignment is scheduled for February 3, 2016 at 1:00 PM before Judge Kevin Miller. Arriola's arraignment is scheduled for February 4, 2016 at 1:00 PM also before Judge Miller.



Charges are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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Ketchikan Police Department

Alaska Court Records


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