Men plead not guilty to exploiting the elderly

Two Augusta men facing charges of exploitation or intimidation of elderly people in separate cases entered pleas of not guilty on Friday.

 

John Breshahan Weigle Jr., 52, of Lake Forest Drive, and Jeffrey Blochowicz, 53, of Laurel Drive in Evans were arraigned in Richmond County Superior Court. Weigle has been free on a $27,700 bond since his arrest last month, and Blochowicz was released from a grand jury arrest warrant when a consent bond of $50,000 was set Feb. 2.

According to earlier reports in The Augusta Chronicle, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office started investigating Weigle after his siblings voiced suspicions that he might have emptied his 86-year-old mother’s bank accounts. Weigle had sole power of attorney for his mother, who had been living in a nursing home, which reportedly was owed $40,000.

In the other case, Blochowicz is accused of exploitation or intimidation of an elderly person in connection with an incident on Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center property on Dec. 6-7, 2014. According to the indictment, Blochowicz is accused of injuring a patient who was in his 80s.

Spokesman Brian Rothwell wrote in an email, “Charlie Norwood VA is committed to ensuring the safety of Veterans and employees and in upholding the law. We can confirm that, at the time of his arraignment, Mr. Blochowcz was an employee of the (medical center). The matter is being prosecuted through Richmond County DA in cooperation with the VA Office of Inspector General.”

Blochowicz has been a licensed registered nurse since 2005.

Reach Sandy Hodson at sandy.hodson@augustachronicle.com or (706) 823-3226.

 

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