Medical Equipment Supplier Convicted of Theft and
Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult
BALTIMORE, MD (June
10, 2008) - Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler announced
today that Paris G. George, 54, currently
residing at 1101 Dulaney Gate Circle in Cockeysville, pled guilty
to charges of felony theft and felony exploitation of a vulnerable
adult. George entered his guilty pleas before Baltimore County
Circuit Court Judge Patrick Cavanaugh, just before the start of
a week-long jury trial. Judge Cavanaugh imposed the disposition
agreed upon by the State and Defendant’s counsel, and sentenced
George to five years in prison with all but three years suspended.
Between December 2000
and May 2006, Paris George committed a succession of 15 thefts,
which amounted in $33,210.00, against
homeowners and one church in need of wheelchair lifts and stairlifts.
The victims responded to local newspaper advertisements placed
by George using various company names. George responded to each
sales call, agreed to provide the necessary medical equipment,
and required a large deposit prior to delivery. In fact, George
kept the money that he received from the 15 customers and never
supplied the medical equipment. George’s felony exploitation
of a vulnerable adult was committed against Edward McCoy, an elderly,
bed-ridden man whom George conned into paying a $1,250 deposit
on a stair lift that Mr. McCoy would never be well enough to use.
The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Criminal Division
of the Attorney General’s Office, with the assistance of the Maryland State Police. In
making today’s announcement, Attorney General Gansler thanked Assistant
Attorney General Kate O’Donnell for her work on the case.