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Seaford Man Accused of Taking Thousands from a Vulnerable Adult

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Joshua Sears, 37, Seaford Joshua Sears, 37, Seaford

GREENWOOD, Del.- Delaware State Police arrested a Seaford man for defrauding a vulnerable adult out of thousands of dollars.
 
The investigation began on April 8, when a 47-year-old Greenwood man’s sister came reported that her brother had been giving hundreds of dollars to a man who reportedly said he’d pay him back.  The sister, who has power of attorney over her brother, told troopers that her brother has physical and mental disabilities, but is able to reside by himself with assistance with daily tasks and finances.
 
The investigation revealed that Joshua D. Sears, 37 of Seaford, befriended the victim years ago. Police say for the last several months, Spears has been convincing the victim that he won $6 million in a lawsuit.

Police say Sears also told the victim that the money was being kept in a cash box, which was being passed along between a number of lawyers settling the case.  The victim then began giving Sears small amounts of cash on a daily or weekly basis, believing that Sears was using it for court fines and would pay him back upon getting his lawsuit money.  The total amount the victim has been defrauded over that last 16 months was almost $19,000.
 
Sears turned himself into troopers on April 14  and was charged with crime against a vulnerable adult, which is a felony, and theft by false pretense over $1,500.  He was arraigned at JP2 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on $7,500 secured bond.
 
If anyone has had any similar incidents involving Joshua Sears they are asked to contact Master Corporal C. Arnold at 302-232-3479.  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333, via the internet at www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com, or by sending an anonymous tip by text to 274637 (CRIMES) using the keyword "DSP."

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