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Redwood City man accused of elder abuse gets three years in prison
March 22, 2014, 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 was sentenced Friday to three years in prison.

The term imposed on James Keeton, 63, was predicated in part on how much he could pay of $30,000 in restitution.

Keeton pleaded no contest in December to six counts of elder abuse and two counts of felony fraud. He has credit of 741 days against his term earned while in custody on $250,000 bail.

Keeton was originally charged with seven counts of fraud and six counts of elder abuse linked to alleged incidents between 2008 and 2010.

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 2013.



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