CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA – A Clearwater man trusted his housekeeper to clean his apartment.
But Clearwater Police believe the woman he hired to tidy up, cleaned him out.
82 year old Dan Cockerham is quite a character. He lives in a large apartment filled with momentos from his world travels.
“I did not expect it from Cindy” said Cockerham.
He said, during a recent move from another unit, Cindy Coates, who also goes by Cindy Fraser, stole $10,000 to $12,000 by depositing stolen checks from his account.
“I really love people. And I trust people. And when it happens, you go, what did I do wrong?” said Cockerham.
He said, Faser took money over an 8-month period, 1 check at a time, for about $750 each, only to be discovered when he noticed the debits on his statement and asked his bookkeeper.
“It makes my blood boil” said elder law Attorney, Lyndy Jennings.
She said, she sees this kind of crime often. Jennings suggests preparing now, to avoid problems later. “Family members should talk to the seniors. Be patient. Be non-judemental. Keep lines of communication open. Often we see that seniors are embarrassed” said Jennings.
Dan Cockerham is not out to see the accused theif, suffer. “I feel very sorry for her” he said.
He recalls many good times with Cindy. The 2 would laugh and he’d make fun of her cleaning ability.
But that doesn’t mean he feels she should get a pass. “The only reason for prosecution is that I don’t want her to do it to another person” said Cockerham.
He owns 5 flower shops in Clearwater and considers this episode to be a “life experience” and not something he dwells on.