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Couple sentenced to 2 years for stealing from disabled mom
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Couple sentenced to 2 years for stealing from disabled mom

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DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque man and his wife have been sentenced to federal prison for stealing more than $200,000 from his disabled mother.

The U.S. attorney's office said in a news release Monday that 66-year-old H. David Derby was sentenced to 26 months and 52-year-old Patti Lynn Derby to 24 months after pleading guilty in September to one count each of wire fraud.

The release said the couple stole the money from 2013 to 2017 from the man's widowed mother, who was a former teacher. She suffered from mental and physical disabilities and was living in an assisted living facility in Dubuque.

Prosecutors said that after the couple spent all her money, she was forced to move from the facility into the couple's home, where she lost more than 20 pounds over three months and broke her wrist. She died in March 2020.

U.S. Attorney Peter Deegan described the couple's treatment of the woman as “appalling.”

They also were ordered to make over $211,621.41 in restitution and serve a three-year term of supervised release after the prison term.

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