A Norwalk man who told an elderly victim he met at Alcoholics Anonymous he needed $11,000 to get his father's inheritance has received a suspended prison term for the crime.
Timothy D. Gilbert, 42, of 25 Key Drive, was charged with theft from the elderly. On Sept. 19 in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court, he was sentenced to more than three years in prison on the theft case and a 2011 theft case.
A judge suspended the prison sentence and put Gilbert on three years of probation. Court records indicate the defendant must reimburse the victim $11,000 and perform 100 hours of community service.
In December 2011, bank employees told police they noticed the elderly man had been making unusual withdrawals from his bank account, according to the Sandusky Register. Police said the victim, who met Gilbert at AA, agreed to let Gilbert borrow the money so he allegedly could get his father's inheritance.
Gilbert had been in and out of the Ottawa County Detention Facility on the same charges, a corrections officer said.