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Waitsfield Man Charged With Neglect And Financial Exploitation Of A Vulnerable Adult, As Well As Grand Larceny

CONTACT: Evan Meenan, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5512

August 23

Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Donald Wimble, of Waitsfield, Vermont, was arraigned today, at the Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, in Barre, Vermont, on 1 count of Neglect of a Vulnerable Adult, 8 counts of Financial Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult, and 1 count of Grand Larceny.

According to documents filed with the court, an investigation conducted by the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office revealed that Mr. Wimble failed to provide his mother, a vulnerable adult, with adequate living conditions and medical care after assuming the responsibility to do so. He also transferred over $345,000.00 from her bank accounts and withdrew over $19,000.00 from her retirement account without legal authority to do so and for his personal financial gain. Finally, he stole $85,000.00 to purchase a 2008 Corvette. Combined all 10 charges carry a maximum potential penalty of not more than 90 years and 18 months imprisonment, a fine of not more than $95,000.00, or both.

At arraignment, Mr. Wimble pled not guilty to all counts and was released on conditions, including conditions that restrict his access to his mother absent the permission and presence of her legal guardian.

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