GREENWOOD CO., SC (WSPA) – A Greenwood County man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for conning his 89-year-old neighbor out of over $100,000.
53-year-old John Fitzgerald Anderson was found guilty of exploitation of a vulnerable adult, receiving stolen goods, failure to stop for blue light, driving under suspension (third and subsequent offense), and trespass after notice. The jury deliberated for just over three hours.
The victim’s family filed a police report in May of 2017 alleging that Anderson had been taking the woman’s money. Anderson was also put on trespass notice and the banks were notified to contact the woman’s family if she showed up with Anderson again.
In June of 2017, investigators were notified that Anderson and the victim had just withdrawn $300 from the victim’s account at First Citizens Bank in Ware Shoals. Deputies from Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office tried to stop Anderson who led them on a high speed chase for several minutes before crashing his vehicle.
Anderson was later indicted for stealing $116,602 between January 1, 2017 and June 28, 2017. The family believed that Anderson may have gotten more than $250,000 prior to January 1, 2017.
“Only a despicable, wicked person would rob an elderly woman of her entire life’s savings,” Solicitor Stumbo said following the sentencing. “This victim and her late husband did everything right, saved their whole lives and retired to enjoy their twilight years. John Anderson took advantage of a lady’s generosity for his own selfish gain. We are satisfied that justice has been served and Anderson will be a resident of our prison system for a long time.”