ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY

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TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney
 
 

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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY<h3>NEWS RELEASE</h3>TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

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ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY<h3>NEWS RELEASE</h3>TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Case # 17CF0675     

Date: November 22, 2017

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.

Defendant

Charges

Sentence

William Marion “James” Carter, 67, Riverside

Pleaded guilty yesterday to the following felony counts:

 

  • Elder abuse
  • 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

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