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Evans man who scammed elderly man out of his own home sentenced to prison

Posted on 11/02/2018
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GREELEY, Colo. (Weld County D.A.) – An Evans man will spend the next seven years in prison after he tricked his girlfriend’s 87-year-old grandfather into signing over his house to him.

According to court documents, 34-year-old Jonny Stewart was arrested and charged for the incident in August of 2017.

The victim told police he had owned his Evans home for nearly 50 years and was letting his granddaughter and her boyfriend, Jonny Stewart, live there for about three years. He said they were supposed to pay him rent but had rarely paid him.

In May of 2017, Stewart told the victim that he wanted to buy the home that was worth about $190k, but he needed the victim to sign paperwork so he could get the loan.

The victim cannot read and asked the defendant several times what he was signing. Stewart assured him it was paperwork to get a loan. However, it was the deed to the home, not paperwork for a loan.

“This man is a scam artist who preys on the most vulnerable members of our community,” Deputy District Attorney Anne Kelly said. “The victim in this case is a proud and compassionate man who would do anything for his family. Mr. Stewart took full advantage of this man’s heart and his trust. When arrested, he assaulted and attempted to disarm an Evan’s police officer in order to avoid taking responsibility for his actions. He deserves every year the Court imposed.”

Stewart was sentenced to seven years in the Department of Corrections.

Deputy District Attorney Anne Kelly prosecuted this case.