Archive for Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Couple guilty of stealing $400,000

November 30, 2005

A Jefferson County man and his wife have been found guilty of theft for stealing his grandmother's life savings over more than three years.

Michael Wurm, 44, and Nancy Wurm, 53, pled no-contest and then were found guilty at a hearing last week in Jefferson County District Court in Oskaloosa.

Michael Wurm was found guilty of 10 counts of felony theft, and Nancy Wurm was found guilty of six counts of misdemeanor theft.

The Wurms were found guilty of stealing nearly $400,000 from Michael Wurm's grandmother's bank accounts. The couple apparently deposited the money into accounts they owned and then spent the money.

The theft occurred from 1999, when Michael Wurm was given durable power of attorney by his grandmother, until her funds were depleted in 2003.

Under current Kansas sentencing guidelines, both face presumptive probation. Sentencing has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Jan. 12 in Jefferson County District Court.

Loren F. Snell Jr., assistant state attorney general, prosecuted the case.

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