A Mint Hill man was convicted last week in Mecklenburg County Court of financially exploiting an elderly woman.
Judge Eric Levinson sentenced Brad Norwood to 13-to-25 months in prison, but pending his monitored parole, he will serve six months in the Mecklenburg County Jail and pay $25,000 in restitution.
Norwood, 43, seemed like a friend when he helped an 83-year-old woman with dementia get up after falling three years ago, prosecutors said in a statement. But three weeks later he made her give him power over her finances, authorities said.
On the website of his company, Carolina of Mint Hill Inc., Norwood said he was a volunteer at Saint Luke Catholic church, and prominently displayed biblical references on the site. He claimed on the website that the Lord directed him to help old people and to support Christian-owned companies.
From October to November 2013, Norwood charged the woman $30,000 for a home renovations that were never started, according to a press release from the Mecklenburg District Attorney.
The woman’s family began to take notice. They revoked Norwood’s power of attorney and barred him from returning to the property. when Norwood was arrested in January 2014.
According to the Better Business Bureau, $2.6 billion nationally was stolen from the elderly through scams.
Observer researcher Maria David contributed
Tyler Fleming: 704-358-5355, @tyler_fleming96