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Woman heads to court on charges she helped steal $153,000 from elderly relative

By Dan Miller

danmiller@pressandjournal.com

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Posted 11/7/18

A woman is heading to Dauphin County Court on charges that she and her husband stole more than $153,000 in money and assets from an elderly man in Lower Swatara Township from 2013 to 2017.

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Woman heads to court on charges she helped steal $153,000 from elderly relative

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A woman is heading to Dauphin County Court on charges that she and her husband stole more than $153,000 in money and assets from an elderly man in Lower Swatara Township from 2013 to 2017.

Kathy Alice Garman, 63, of the 6000 block of Hocker Drive in Swatara Township, was ordered bound over on charges of theft by unlawful taking and unauthorized access during an Oct. 31 preliminary hearing before District Judge Michael J. Smith.

She is to be arraigned on the charges in county court Dec. 7.

Her husband Chester R. Garman III, 54, is scheduled for a Nov. 8 preliminary hearing on the same charges before Smith.

According to police, the thefts began in January 2013 when the Garmans made the victim — a family member, then 81 years old — sell his own home and move in with the Garmans, who at the time lived in the Willo-Farm trailer park in Lower Swatara.

The victim told police that the Garmans took over his bank accounts and his credit and debit cards, and denied him access to his own finances.

The Garman case is one of the largest cases of financial exploitation of a senior citizen in recent Dauphin County history, county officials have said.