May 28, 2020
Huntingdon, TN - Tennessee’s Elder Abuse Law continues to prove its value with another financial abuse conviction. Robert McCoy, age 49, of Decaturville, TN pled guilty in Decatur County Circuit Court on Tuesday, May 26th to two counts of financial exploitation of elder adults.
McCoy was arrested after a traffic stop led to the discovery of a cache of credit cards, ID cards, ATM cards, bank checks and other documents in his possession. An investigation headed by Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Criminal Investigation Division (THP-CID) uncovered more materials at McCoy’s home, and surveillance videos from area businesses caught McCoy using the stolen identities.
“It is my hope that more convictions such as this will send a strong message that crimes perpetrated on our most vulnerable citizens are considered much more heinous and will be treated with harsher punishments,” states District Attorney Matthew Stowe.
McCoy was indicted with 54 counts, including identity theft, criminal simulation, theft, forgery, and financial exploitation of elders. Due to the recent updates in Tennessee law, abuses to elderly and vulnerable adults are now classified as higher-level felonies carrying harsher penalties. The total amount of theft and multiple stolen identity charges resulted in B Class felony charges for McCoy.
“This case has been successfully prosecuted due to the outstanding work of THP-CID’s Investigator Joe Hudgins, Sr.,” states Assistant District Attorney K. Michelle Morris. “Cooperation between local law enforcement and THP has been outstanding. Their efforts were extraordinary, resulting justice for the victims.”
Judge C. Creed McGinley accepted a plea deal which includes two sentences of eight years imprisonment with T.D.O.C. to run concurrent, full restitution to and no contact with all victims, and listed on Tennessee’s elderly abuse registry for life.
“It is results like this that make the hard work and many hours of recrafting Tennessee’s statute worth the effort,” says District Attorney Matthew Stowe, who has led the effort of Tennessee’s D.A.s in securing stronger legislation. “I commend the Decaturville Police and THP-CID in their excellent work in this case.”
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