ORLANDO, Fla. – Sentencing day is approaching for the disbarred local attorney accused of stealing millions of dollars from an elderly client.
What You Need To Know
- Matthew Roby, 55, is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 14 for exploiting an elderly person
- He pleaded no contest to the charge as part of a plea deal he took in June
- Roby faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 14
Matthew Roby, 55, is set to be sentenced Sept. 14. Roby took a plea deal in June, choosing not to contest a charge of exploiting an elderly person.
Orange County Sheriff's Office Detective Chris Williams said Roby stole more than $3 million from Helen Kuhn of Orlando, spending around $600,000 of it. Williams said the department was able to recover the rest of the stolen money.
“Mr. Roby had a lot of bank accounts, and so going through all of the records, you had to track down where the money was coming from, where the money was going to,” Williams explained. “And then from there, where it was going to again and to again. And that was his pattern.”
“It was almost like a little quasi-money laundering scheme he was running with all of his other accounts,” Williams added.
Kuhn, a retired teacher and pilot, died in June at the age of 108, just two weeks before Roby took the plea deal.
As part of the plea deal, the state dropped a grand theft charge and the judge will sentence Roby to no more than five years in prison. He is also on the hook to pay back more than $490,000.
Kuhn’s best friend, Wanda Jones of Orlando, said she wished Roby had received a harsher punishment.
“I hope he never, ever has the opportunity to take advantage of anyone else again,” she said. “I want to see him on probation for the rest of his life after he gets out."
Jones said she plans to attend Roby’s sentencing.
She described Kuhn, who she affectionately called “Miss Wanda,” as a close friend with a great sense of humor who became a mother figure, with their decades-apart age difference.
AARP has resources on how seniors can protect themselves against fraud. Anyone who believes they, or someone they know, are the victim of elder financial fraud, can call the AARP Fraud Helpline at 877-908-3360.
They can also call the National Elder Fraud Hotline at 833-FRAUD-11.