Kentucky Man Sentenced to 20 Years for Financially Exploiting Elderly Woman

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A man from Louisville, Kentucky was sentenced in court Friday to 20 years in prison for financially exploiting an elderly woman from Springfield for over $250,000.

Howard Roberts was convicted in February by a Greene County Jury. Roberts made contact with the victim in November of 2013 and had moved into her home in Springfield by January of 2014. Roberts discontinued the victim's home healthcare services and moved his ex-wife in as her caregiver.

Roberts convinced the victim that his business, Maximum Performance Inc., was an up and coming supplement supplier that just needed investments. He misrepresented to the victim that her investment of $250,000 was secured by stock in the company. 

The victim believed she was the sole investor and co-owner of the company despite the stock purchase agreement being fraudulent and worthless. 

Roberts further convinced the victim to purchase multiple vehicles and equipment for him and the company ranging in price from $2,500 to $43,000. 

It is estimated that Roberts received upwards of $333,000 from the victim.

The Greene County Prosecutor's Office encourages all citizens to be mindful and observant of individuals who may be reliant on others for day to day care.


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