A Villager has been arrested on felony charges for financially exploiting an 87-year-old Villages resident who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease.
Sumter County Sheriff’s detectives, assisted by the Lady Lake Police Department, arrested 60-year-old Historic Side resident Brian Stanley Pacific on a Sumter County warrant, charging him with exploitation of an elderly person and grand theft.
In April, the victim’s son discovered a number of suspicious cash withdrawals from his mother’s account. The victim’s son reviewed video and audio from a live streaming video camera in his mother’s residence, recorded on the same day as the most recent suspicious withdrawal. The recordings showed a man in his mother’s home, pressuring her for money he said she owed for clearing brush from her yard. The suspect pressured the victim into accompanying him to her bank, where she withdrew $700 in cash. Upon returning to her residence, the suspect was heard admitting he had taken $500 from the withdrawal. The victim’s son said his mother had a regular lawn service, and no additional work had been done at her home.
Upon reviewing the recordings, a detective recognized the suspect as Pacific, whom he had arrested five years earlier in a similar case. He served 11 months and 29 days in the Sumter County Detention Center in that case.
Detectives obtained an arrest warrant and tracked down Pacific at La Plaza Grande shopping center, where he was arrested in the parking lot.
He was booked at the Lake County Jail and released after posting $20,000 bond.