Huron woman, 80, discovers $160K missing from safe

Huron police are investigating the alleged theft of $160,000 from an elderly woman’s former Laguna Drive home.
Courtney Astolfi
Sep 4, 2013


The 80-year-old woman’s son called Huron police Aug. 23 and said the money, all cash, was missing from a safe the woman took with her recently when she moved to High Springs, Fla.

The woman’s son said the money must have been stolen sometime between December 2012 — the last time he visited his mother’s Laguna Drive home — and the day he reported it, Huron police Chief Bob Lippert said.

“There was a bit of a time delay between the time they think it was taken and the time the theft was discovered,” Lippert said.

As such, police have little to go on. “We don’t really have a crime scene to work now,” Lippert said.

Huron detectives are still investigating the case, thanks in part to the hefty sum of cash involved.

“Because of the time delay, we’re kind of behind the eight ball on this one,” Lippert said. “We’re trying to follow-up on it.”

Police have yet to identify any suspects. “We’re following up on a couple things, and the investigation is ongoing,” Lippert said.



1. Don't keep 180,000 in cash in a safe that you can move across the country.
2. If you keep 180,000 in cash, check it more than twice a year.
3. How did the son know it was there the last time he visited the home? If he had the combination, he's #1 suspect.


That would be: 160,000

looking around

Sounds like an inside job to me.....


yup. thanks mom.

Yellow Snow

People of this age tend to move important things about for a safer place, then forget they did it and where they put it. Happens every day. I'm guessing it's still somewhere in her possession. Why do they keep a large amount of cash at home? Not that long ago, if a spouse died, the survivor was locked out of a safety deposit box until the fed's released it for estate and tax purposes. That laws changed now, but most people didn't know if it either way. She most likely lived thru some tough times many years ago. If she ends up in a nursing home, they will use all funds in her name before she's eligible for medicaid. If they didn't know about it, they couldn't get to it. I guess there are a lot of reasons people keep cash. Is it safe? Obviously not. Does it make sense? Maybe.

Julie R.

What you say is true "if she ends up in a nursing home, they will use all funds in her name before she's eligible for medicaid." After those funds are gone, if she has property the nursing home will also be able to take that before she's eligible for medicaid --- but that's only if she's SINGLE and/or if she doesn't have an irrevocable trust.

For people that are married it's totally different. First off, a married couple's house is EXEMPT from Medicaid eligibility even if they don't own it jointly. Second, the spouse doesn't have to give half of their JOINT ASSETS ~ once again, JOINT ASSETS ~ to the nursing home. Instead, he gets to spend down his wife's half on anything he wants, like a new car, pre-paying his OWN funeral, remodeling their house, etc. etc.

What attorneys and other dirt-bags from Huron did during the 10 months my mother was in a nursing home ---- the trash made internal criminal changes to an irrevocable trust (contracts at an insurance company and a Huron bank) for the benefit of a very, very wealthy old Italian stepfather, (who couldn't touch the contracts and the money from my mother's side of the family and neither could medicaid) so he wouldn't have to spend down any of their substantial joint assets for medicaid eligibility. (Medicaid fraud) The trash even transferred all the cash dividends out of 3 of her life insurance policies that had irrevocable beneficiaries over to another policy by forging her name on the cash surrender dividend forms and then cash surrendered in the 3 policies two months before her death on a forged power of attorney with bogus Erie County Recorder numbers faxed down the side of it.

From the Grave



Could very well be that she did something with it and forgot. A family friend took her car in for some work and her mechanic, who was surprisingly honest, called her to say he found tens of thousands of dollars taped inside the wheel wells. That's when they realized her husband was in the early stages of Alzheimer's. He had withdrawn most of their life savings and had no idea what he'd done with it. The family tore the house, garage, and yard apart for several years and never recovered the missing money.

Yellow Snow

While his mind wanders, his intentions are well planned, well intentioned and logical beyond what most would think. When one loses a loved one, go thru every page in a book (elderly stash money in books) every box, every drawer. More important, get involved with their planning while they still have a thought process.

Julie R.

In corrupt Erie County, it doesn't do a bit of good to plan. In corrupt Erie County, I don't care how good you have things set up, if people don't think attorneys and financial institutions can't criminally change those things if you become incompetent, I can show you proof that they can.

As I recall, years and years before my mother started to become incompetent, she put a ton of time and energy, not to mention a lot of money to her Huron attorneys, when planning out her estate. She did it to make sure the money from her side of the family went to her 3 children and a grandson after her wealthy old Italian spouse of 42 plus years refused to make out a joint Will --- a FACT that her Huron attorneys knew.

So wasn't it ironic when she was totally incompetent ten months before her death how the vicious trouble-makers (all from Huron with the exception of a snake Lorain County attorney) all rushed around like mad-crazed lunatics ~ forged power of attorneys, forged wills, fraudulent transfer of her property, internal criminal changes to all of her contracts ~ trying to make it look like the contracts and the money from her side of the family ~ and even her property ~ were jointly owned so a wealthy old Italian stepfather wouldn't have to spend down any of their substanial joint assets for medicaid eligibility.