Florida lawyer is jailed for 5 years for conning $3m from client, 108
A Florida attorney has been sentenced to five years in prison for defrauding a 108-year-old client of $3 million – with his victim dying just days before being brought to trial.
Matthew Roby was sentenced as part of a plea deal reached Friday in Orlando, Florida.
Sadly, his elderly victim, Helen Kuhn, died just 16 days earlier, after speaking of her excitement at the prospect of hearing “keys clanging” as Roby was sent downstairs.
Kuhn was sharp-witted when Roby started working as a lawyer in 2019, after taking over the job from his later father Ronald.
But Roby somehow tricked her into signing the power of attorney, with the scam only coming to light after Kuhn received a much higher tax bill than she expected.
She became suspicious, took her papers to a fraud investigator, and Roby was charged shortly after.
Roby was charged with exploiting an elderly person and grand theft of more than $100,000 That’s according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Fox News reports.
“Helen taught school for 35 years, flying airplanes until she was 93 and driving until she was 101,” Orange County officials said.
During that time, Roby Khun’s used millions as his personal bank account which he used for pleasure and to pay others, according to a report.
His deception involved transferring her money to another bank.
Kuhn thinks Roby was hoping to hold onto much of the money until she died, then spend it.
Kuhn, a former schoolteacher of nearly four decades, and quite intelligent despite her age, knew something strange was going on when she received a huge tax bill.
The attorney identified as Matthew Roby was in court on Friday to take a plea from prosecutors after he stole thousands from 108-year-old Helen Kuhn. Roby was charged with exploitation of an elderly person and grand theft of more than $100,000, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said, Fox News reported.
Helen Kuhn’s Florida home is pictured. Florida teacher was excited to see her crook in jail, but died just 16 days before being sentenced to five years in prison
Roby’s father Ronald Roby was the family’s attorney until he lost his license in 2014 for misappropriating funds, ABC9 News reported. The elder Roby was accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a customer. He is sentenced in August and must pay back the money spent
When she asked Roby why the amount was so high, he told her to pay it and did not proceed.
Kuhn figured out her lawyer and started doing some research herself.
Her first stop was contacting the sheriff to share with them her suspicions about her scheming lawyer, whom she allegedly trusted.
Detective Chris Williams spent three years investigating Roby’s activities and what was revealed was astonishing.
From March to September 2019, Roby transferred $490,000 from Kuhn’s bank account to her company’s trust account.
Kuhn was shocked and stunned by Roby’s actions. She believed he was simply waiting for her to die before collecting her savings.
“Helen taught school for 35 years, flew airplanes until she was 93 and drove until she was 101,” Orange County officials said, Fox News reported.
She was also aware of her finances and was outraged by the fraud she was experiencing. About $2.4 million of the stolen money has since been recovered.
She relished the idea that he spent years in prison after the police caught the con man and was eager to see him pay for his crime.
The quick-witted Kuhn kept saying she couldn’t wait to hear the jingle of the keys when he was arrested, but sadly she died two weeks before he was convicted.
Prosecutors said most of the money Roby took went to another estate, but he was not charged with any crime in that case.
He was arrested in 2021 and disbarred from practicing law in Florida.
The apple didn’t fall far from the tree.
Roby’s father Ronald Roby was the family’s attorney until he lost his license in 2014 for misappropriating funds. ABC9 News reported.
The elder Roby was accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a customer. he willwill be sentenced in August and will have to pay back the money he spent.