MAN CONVICTED AND SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON FOR ABUSING 73-YEAR-OLD ELDERLY WOMAN, COMMITTING MULTIPLE FORGERIES, AND STEALING OVER $75,000 FROM THE VICTIM
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was convicted and sentenced to three years in state prison today for abusing a 73-year-old elderly woman, committing multiple forgeries, and stealing over $75,000 from the victim.
William Marion “James” Carter, 67, Riverside
Pleaded guilty yesterday to the following felony counts:
Attempted grand theft
Possession of forged driver's license
Money laundering derived from criminal activity
(2) Forgery of public or corporate seals
(2) Attempt to file false/forged instrument
(4) Burglary second degree
(7) Grand theft
(23) Acts constituting forgery
Three years in state prison
Circumstances of the Case
From March 10, 2016, to March 18, 2016, the defendant was in a position of trust as caretaker for his wife’s distant cousin, 73-year-old Carol Folz.
While Folz was in his custody and care, Carter allowed the victim to be injured or endangered under circumstances likely to produce great bodily injury or death.
Sometime in March 2016, the victim passed away.
The defendant contacted a private body removal service to transport the deceased victim from her home in Laguna Niguel to San Bernardino.
Carter forged a notary’s signature on the cremation authorization, and the victim’s body was cremated without notifying law enforcement, paramedics, or the coroner’s office.
After Folz passed away, the defendant cashed three of the victim's reverse mortgage checks, attempted to sell the victim's property worth $859,500, and impersonated a real estate broker, an attorney, a doctor, and the victim’s brother by forging various signatures and documents.
Carter also used the victim’s finances to deposit several cashier’s checks into his personal account, laundering the stolen money at JP Morgan Chase bank.
On Aug. 8, 2016, the victim’s relative learned about the sale of Folz’ home and contacted law enforcement.
On March 16, 2017, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, who investigated this case, arrested the defendant.
Prosecutor: Deputy District Attorney George McFetridge, Major Fraud Unit