Woman, 73, re­ceives six years in prison for bilk­ing $100,000 from oc­to­ge­nar­ian

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kieran Ni­chol­son

A 73-year-old woman has been sen­tenced to six years in prison for de­fraud­ing $100,000 from an oc­to­ge­nar­ian, a man who had sought her help with fil­ing his taxes.

Carol Klim­mer was sen­tenced Thurs­day in Broom­field Dis­trict Court, ac­cord­ing to a dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice news re­lease. Klim­mer pleaded guilty in May to one count of se­cu­ri­ties fraud.

In 2014, Klim­mer, work­ing as a self-em­ployed book­keeper and ac­coun­tant, ac­cepted $100,000 from an 81-year-old Broom­field man, claim­ing she would in­vest the money in a one-year, non­tax­able ac­count. Af­ter mul­ti­ple at­tempts by the vic­tim and his at­tor­ney to get the money back, he re­ceived only $6,000, the news re­lease said.

The vic­tim, who is mar­ried, said the in­ci­dent “ru­ined us. We had to take out a mort­gage on our house just to get by.” The cou­ple had planned to re­tire com­fort­ably, but af­ter the in­ci­dent they could no longer main­tain their home and were hav­ing dif­fi­cul­ties pay­ing med­i­cal bills.

When Klim­mer pleaded guilty in May, she was sen­tenced to six years in com­mu­nity cor­rec­tions and was or­dered to pay back more than $150,000 in resti­tu­tion.

Klim­mer’s com­mu­nity cor­rec­tions sen­tence was re­voked when she failed to meet a num­ber of con­di­tions, in­clud­ing fail­ure to pay resti­tu­tion.

The six-year prison term handed down Thurs­day by Dis­trict Court Judge Michael Good­bee was the max­i­mum sen­tence. Klim­mer was also sen­tenced to five years of pa­role upon her re­lease from prison.

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