Ask Joe: Is there an update on the woman charged with stealing elderly man's life savings?
From the Ask Joe file, a viewer asked us to follow up on a case of elder abuse we've been following over the past year.
Robin wrote in asking whatever happened with the case of Bobby Flood, the senior citizen who had his life savings stolen from him at a local retirement home?
Here's what I found out:
Bobby Flood. 83, lost almost $200,000 when he was living at the Reno Valley Assisted Living Center. One of the employees at Reno Valley at the time, Angela Fischer, was arrested by Reno Police and charged with dozens of felony counts of burglary and theft along with an elder enhancement charge.
The case was later transferred to the U.S. Attorney's office, where Fischer was charged with one count of mail fraud.
Fast forward -- Fischer has pleaded guilty to that one count of mail fraud in order to avoid going to trial. She faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, according to Trisha Young, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office.
So the case is moving along. Fischer is scheduled to be sentenced on October 16 in federal court. There's no way to tell at this point if she'll get that full 20 years or a lighter sentence; it will all be up to the judge, Miranda Du.
So we'll follow up then and let you know how this case ends up playing out. I did ask Young if they will argue for the full 20 year sentence, but she declined to comment.