Man convicted of fraud ordered to pay $55K
Updated On: Nov 21 2013 09:27:11 AM MST
A Billings man convicted of defrauding an elderly couple as they tried to sell their home in Harlowton has been given a deferred prison sentence and 10 years to pay $55,000 in restitution.
The Billings Gazette reports District Judge Russell Fagg sentenced Jesse James Eagle Speaker on Tuesday for theft, forgery and exploitation of an older person or person with a developmental disability.
The residence was listed for sale in January 2010 for $85,000. Prosecutors alleged Eagle Speaker persuaded the owner of the house to sign a document she didn't understand that transferred ownership of the property to him.
Eagle Speaker sold the property for about $45,000 in November 2010. He said the woman was asking $43,000 and he paid her $35,000 after it sold.
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