Two Men Arrested in Exploitation of Elderly

 Two Men Arrested in Exploitation of Elderly

By Crystal Howerton

Two men were arrested over the weekend of August 1, 2008 for financial exploitation of an elder/disabled person in Edina recently.
Brian S. Ellis, DOB 12-23-1972, of Hannibal, MO was arrested on Friday, August 1, and charged with a Class D Felony. He was picked up on a parole violation having been recently incarcerated for a similar crime. Ellis is being held in Monroe County on a $25,000 cash only bond.

Daniel M. Brown, DOB 9-13-1979, of Boonville, MO was arrested on Saturday, August 2, 2008 in Cooper County and charged with a Class C Felony. He was also cited for possession of under 35 grams of marijuana, a misdemeanor. Brown is incarcerated in Lewis County on a $25,000 cash only bond.

According to Knox County Sheriff Mike Kite, on July 16, 2008, Ellis and Brown approached an elderly woman in Edina and offered to trim trees, clean gutters, and clear away brush. The woman wrote Ellis a check for greater than $50.00 but less than $499.00 for performing very little, poor quality work. Then on July 18, the men returned to complete the job. On that day, the woman wrote Brown a check for greater than $500.00, but less than $1000.00. Again, little work was accomplished.

This woman was also approached by unknown parties in February of 2008 and paid $75.00 for tree-trimming services, which were not reported at the time.

“Several citizens have reported numerous attempted scams including mail fraud, telephone fraud, ID theft and security checks over the past couple of years,” said Sheriff Kite. “However, scams are increasing in number as the economy worsens.” Sheriff Kite recommends that citizens do not give any information out over the phone.