Chief accused of embezzling $5,000 from elderly woman

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:51 PM

The acting chief of the Kipton Police Department is accused of embezzling more than $5,000 from an 84-year-old victim by using the power of attorney she granted him, authorities said.

Milan resident Robert A. Wolfkill, 46, of 2011 S. Main St., befriended the woman and her late husband at a restaurant, bought the couple breakfast and later "betrayed their trust," Huron County Sheriff's Detective Sgt. Dane Howard said. The woman's husband died several months after the couple met Wolfkill, a former police officer in Milan, Wakeman and New London.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said the allegations, covering 2004 to 2006, don't have anything to do with Wolfkill's duties as a police officer.

Howard said the "sickening part" of his 10-month long investigation was that it involved someone from law enforcement.

"They (the victims) met him when he was a police officer at a local police department," the detective said, referring to Milan.

Wolfkill was arrested on a warrant Friday night while he was working as a security guard at Elyria Memorial Hospital, Howard said. Lorain County sheriff's deputies reported having the suspect in custody at 9:39 p.m. and had him transferred to the Huron County Jail.

Jail Supervisor Sgt. Larry Coleman said the jail is keeping Wolfkill in a holding cell "due to his history" as a police officer.

Howard said he started his investigation about October after a request from an official with the District Area on Aging in Mansfield. She had received information that the victim might be evicted from a nursing home because officials there didn't have her financial information.

"Most of (the investigation) involved financial records," Howard said, adding that it's possible Wolfkill stole "significantly more" than $5,000 from the woman.

Wolfkill, during two interviews, didn't make any confessions, but did make statements that were consistent with various financial records and what the victim said, the detective said. On Friday, a Huron County grand jury indicted Wolfkill on one count of theft from an elderly person.

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