SIOUX CITY -- A Sioux City man has pleaded guilty to a felony charge related to spending more than $22,000 belonging to a nursing home resident with dementia.
Ronald Taylor, 53, pleaded guilty Thursday in Woodbury County District Court to dependent adult abuse, and he will be sentenced on April 21.
Taylor spent $22,883 of the man's money from July 28, 2017, through June 2019 for home improvements and repairs, paying his MidAmerican Energy bills and writing several checks for cash. The expenditures "wiped out" the man's checking account, and he had no idea his money was gone, court documents said.
Taylor was serving as power of attorney for the man, who lived at Holy Spirit Retirement Home in Sioux City and was unable to handle his finances.
Ronald Taylor is accused of taking $22,883 for home improvements, paying his MidAmerican Energy bills and cash, the complaint said. Taylor has "wiped out" the man's checking account, and the man had no idea his money was gone, according to the complaint.
From Feb. 1, 2018, through April 28, the 23-year-old woman used Thompson Innovations' credit cards hundreds of times to buy personal items, groceries and meals and to pay phone and electric bills and traffic fines.