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Man accused of elder fraud takes plea deal
December 18, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

James Keeton

A Redwood City man accused of widespread elder abuse by defrauding people with his tales of domestic and economic woes took a plea deal on eight felonies but his prison sentence will depend on whether he can pay $30,000 in restitution.

James Keeton, 63, pleaded no contest to six counts of elder abuse and two counts of felony fraud. When sentenced Feb. 25, he faces four years in prison if he repays nothing and three years and eight months if he can make the restitution order by that date.

Keeton was originally charged with seven counts of fraud and six counts of elder abuse linked to alleged incidents between 2008 and 2010. He was supposed to stand trial in January.

Prosecutors say Keeton swindled more than $270,000 total from multiple people. Keeton reportedly befriended people between the ages of 51 and 88 through the San Mateo Horseman’s Association and St. Pius’ Parish in Redwood City. After gaining their trust, he would ask for loans between $3,000 and $23,650 because he said his wife had recently miscarried twins and they were going to lose their house to foreclosure. Keeton promised to repay the money with a large inheritance tied up in litigation in New York but never did and cut off communication after, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Keeton was arrested in March. He remains in custody in lieu of $250,000 bail.

 

 

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