Ypsilanti-Mann pleads guilty to embezzling $ 140,000 from an elderly man

ANN ARBOR, MI – A Ypsilanti man accused of getting a 91-year-old man out of more than $ 140,000 and attempting to confiscate his $ 600,000 fortune after his death pleaded guilty of having been charged with embezzlement of criminal offenses.

Calium Turnage pleaded guilty to misappropriating US $ 100,000, a 20-year crime, from a vulnerable adult on Monday, March 1, as part of a plea with Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

Turnage, 59, was originally charged in December 2020 by the Attorney General’s Elder Abuse Unit of $ 20,000 to $ 50,000 embezzlement by an agent or trustee, a 10 year felony, and two cases of failure to file a five year felony.

Between July 2016 and December 2017, monthly checks between $ 3,000 and $ 4,000 were issued to Turnage from the checking account of the 91-year-old Ypsilanti man, who was an employee of Turnage, according to the Michigan Attorney General.

Turnage had driven the older man to various destinations and did odd jobs for him, and Turnage had been paid checks totaling about $ 30,000 during that time, officials said.

During the same period, Turnage made 288 ATM withdrawals for a total of $ 142,000 from the victim’s accounts.

The victim was eventually found incompetent, and two weeks before his death, Turnage was entitled to a majority of the man’s $ 600,000 estate after allegedly filing on behalf of the victim to remove the victim’s longtime girlfriend and himself themselves as the main beneficiary of the estate, officials said.

This matter has been disputed and settled in a civil lawsuit.

“The evidence clearly shows that the defendant personally benefited from the vulnerable position of the victim and thereby violated Michigan law,” said Nessel. “Our elderly populations are particularly vulnerable to financial exploitation and we in law enforcement must remain vigilant and ready to hold bad actors accountable for such violations.”

The sentencing is scheduled for April 12th before Washtenaw County Trial Judge Patrick Conlin.

As part of the plea, the additional fees were dismissed and he has to pay $ 140,000 in restitution.

Click here to learn more about the Task Force, the Attorney General’s initiative, and reporting alleged elder abuse.

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