Elderly theft case sparks task force in Clark County

Ronald Massie

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – A Clark County man is facing charges after police say his scheme cost an elderly man thousands of dollars.

Ronald Massie was arraigned on two federal theft charges Friday.

Taking advantage of the elderly is a growing crime as more and more areas see their population aging.

But thanks to the help of a bank teller in Clark County, this case is getting a better ending than most.

Ron Massie was arrested for theft in Clark County this week and Sheriff Gene Kelly wants to make sure you know about his crime.

“The most heinous part of his crime are that the charges today are from his theft of an 84-year-old victim,” said Sheriff Gene Kelly.

Sheriff Kelly said Massey victimized 84-year-old Benjamin Cox by getting him to write several checks.

2 NEWS called Cox and he said in total he paid out thousands of dollars.

“They took about 45 hundred dollars,” said Cox.

Cox said he first thought Massie was a friend, willing to help out with some auto repairs.

But it wasn’t until a bank teller called police and United Senior Services that they found out what was really going on.

“These people had completely insinuated themselves into his life. Their children, their relatives had been to his home,” said Monica Spencer with United Senior Services.

Police said Massie did not use the money to fix the car and was driving it for personal gain.

2 NEWS Investigates found this isn’t Massie’s first offense. He has several theft charges on his record and according to Sheriff Kelly, he has been arrested 74 times in Clark County alone.

“This was the case that is the catalysis for the start of, I hope, is the start of a new era,” said Sheriff Kelly.

Sheriff Kelly said taking advantage of the elderly has to stop, so they are working with United Senior Services to start a task force.

“We’re concerned that there’s a whole lot more out that’s not being reported,” said Maureen Fagans with United Senior Services.

The goal is to get people around elderly people to take notice when things seem out of place like the bank teller did for Cox.

It’s an effort to keep those most vulnerable out of harms way.

“It built trust within me, you know what I mean. I thought I could trust them,” said Cox.

Ronald Massie faces up to 18 months in prison for each of his felony theft charges.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office is looking for another man in connection to this crime.

If you have any information on where Everette Scott is, you are asked to call the sheriff’s office.

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