Riverside man admits to forgery, elder abuse for exploiting Orange County woman

By in Press Enterprise on November 22, 2017

By City News Service

FULLERTON — A Riverside man who stole about $75,000 from his wife’s cousin before the senior citizen’s death, then having her cremated and trying to sell her Laguna Niguel home without the family’s knowledge, pleaded guilty Tuesday to several dozen felony charges and was immediately sentenced to three years in prison.

William Marion “James” Carter, 67, pleaded guilty to 23 counts of forgery, seven counts of grand theft, four counts of burglary and two counts each of attempting to file a false or forged document and forgery of public seals, as well as single counts each of elder abuse, attempted grand theft, possession of a forged driver’s license and money laundering.

Most of the money he stole was put back into fixing up — with the intent of selling and reaping a large profit — the home of the victim, Carol Folz, who was 73 years old when she died, according to Deputy District Attorney George McFetridge. The defendant was attempting to sell the home without authorization when Folz’s cousin, Nancy Dyl, found out and alerted authorities, McFetridge said.

Carter, who would drop in on Fridays to see his wife’s distant cousin, falsely represented himself as her brother — who died before she was born – – when he was attempting to sell her home, McFetridge said.

Carter had Folz cremated before Dyl or anyone else in her family was notified, McFetridge said.

“There are a lot of unanswered questions we’ll never get any answers to,” he said. “All things considered, I’m very pleased” with the guilty plea and sentence.

Dyl will receive the ashes so they can be placed in a cemetery plot for her mother, father and brother in Chicago, McFetridge said.

Carter was about to go on trial, with attorneys preparing to select a jury, when he decided to plead guilty, the prosecutor said.

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