Ohio attorney sentenced for theft from elderly

EATON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's attorney general says an attorney convicted of stealing from western Ohio residents while acting as their guardian has been sentenced to prison.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says 38-year-old James Thomas Jr., of Brookville, was sentenced Tuesday in a Preble County court in Eaton to four and a half years in prison. Thomas was ordered to repay more than $200,000 to victims.

Thomas' attorney didn't immediately return a call for comment.

DeWine said Thomas was charged with three counts of theft from an elderly person or disabled adult and three counts of falsification after investigators found that Thomas took hundreds of thousands of dollars from four people's bank accounts between 2007 and 2013.

Investigators say Thomas said he took money to support an addiction to the drug ephedrine.

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