Couple accused of stealing $185K from uncle who suffered stroke

MINEOLA, New York -- A Long Island couple is under arrest and accused of stealing nearly $185,000 from a family member who was hospitalized after a stroke.

Philip and Debilyn Neidecker, both 47, are accused of stealing the money from Philip's uncle to help pay for their daughter's Sweet 16, vacations, concert tickets, rent and more.

Authorities say they obtained a power of attorney for the 64-year-old victim when he was in the hospital on Jan. 22, 2014. The next day they allegedly used the signed power of attorney to open a new bank account in the victim's name and without his consent.

From that point on over the next three years, they allegedly withdrew $138,000 from the victim's bank account, charged $30,000 to a credit card opened in his name and opened a car loan in his name for $16,000.

In October of 2017, the victim's sisters took over as power of attorney after they realized payments on his assisted living residence weren't being made.

Both Philip and Debilyn are facing charges of grand larceny and multiple charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

If convicted of the top count, they face a maximum sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison.
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