An Odenton man who tricked a mentally disabled Glen Burnie postal worker into giving him more than $250,000 over the course of three years pleaded guilty Wednesday to exploiting a vulnerable adult, according to Anne Arundel County prosecutors.
Eugene Allen Hinson, Jr., 59, of the 1300 block of Tab St. in Odenton was sentenced by Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Paul Hackner to serve 18 months of a 10-year prison term, prosecutors said in a news release.
Hackner also required Hinson to pay full restitution to Thomas "Tommy" Newberger, 50, who is mentally retarded and has worked various jobs at the U.S. Post Office in Glen Burnie for about 30 years, prosecutors said.
Hackner told Hinson he would have sentenced him to a longer term were it not for Hinson's poor health, and that Hinson would pay the restitution to Newberger "or die trying," the news release said.
According to a statement of facts in the case, Hinson tricked Newberger between 2005 and 2007 into refinancing the mortgage on his home multiple times, applying for a home equity line of credit, opening credit accounts, applying for loans, co-signing on vehicle purchases, signing checks and paying credit card debts — all to fund Hinson's own expenditures and those of his family members.
Newberger did not understand the implications of his actions, the statement said.
Newberger's siblings discovered the scheme in 2007 and contacted police.