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Son Accused of Swindling Elderly Father

BLACK CREEK TOWNSHIP -- A son has been charged with swindling nearly $20,000 from his elderly father in Luzerne County.

Michael Kuchinsky, 29, is charged with theft, forgery, failure to make payments, and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

State police say Kuchinsky was stealing from his 75-year-old father, a war veteran who is in a nursing facility.

"When you have unfortunately a perpetrator who helps themselves to an older adult's money, assets, finances or property and there is a law being broken, it's always good to see an arrest,” said Brian McAdarra of Luzerne County’s Area Agency on Aging.

The investigation was started by the Luzerne County Agency on Aging and the state police.

Troopers say Michael Kuchinsky was living his in father's home in the private Eagle Rock development in Black Creek Township and using his father's vehicle without permission.

Investigators say from December 2013, through November 2015, Michael Kuchinsky had power of attorney for his father and was supposed to pay his father's bills. Instead, they say he stole $19,900 from his father's checking accounts and failed to pay property taxes on the home for three years.

According to state police, Michael Kuchinsky no longer has power of attorney for his father and his father is in the process of having him evicted from his home.

"It's estimated that in the state of Pennsylvania, only about one in 20 cases of elder abuse is actually reported, so I think it happens more frequently than is reported, but what we see is definitely an increase in financial exploitation cases in Luzerne County and in the state overall, it's actually becoming one of the number one forms of abuse,” said McAdarra.

Kuchinsky is free on $20,000 unsecured bail.

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27 comments

  • better call saul

    So all you people that ‘know the real story’ stood by and did nothing. You’re just as culpable as the perp if you knew he shouldn’t have had the POA or a drivers license. Thanks. Do you live-stream beatings on Facebook too and not call for help?

  • Lance

    This guy if handicapped shouldn’t be smiling. If he has a drivers license and was given a poa he should know the difference of right or wrong. He knew enough of writing checks for himself and not to pay his father’s bills? Sorry I’m not falling for “he doesn’t know any better”. Then he himself if he cannot comprehend should be in an institution.

    • El Ma

      He’s a bottom-feeding, porn-grubbing, neck-bearded, Brony creep. And, he probably does have his own FaceTube channel. I would type, “Shame on him,” but he doesn’t have the capacity to feel any guilt or shame, apparently – nor do his supporters.

      • Jessica

        You people obviously don’t know the whole story. Why don’t you get the entire story before forming an opinion.

      • MAXINE WATERS

        Please enlighten us Jessica. Let us know why he thought he was justified in taking money that wasn’t his.

      • El Ma

        What do you mean by, “you people?” Are you suggesting that it’s okay to take someone’s money, NOT pay the bills with those funds, and buy a whole new collection of My Little Pony plushies? Is that reference meant to make people with a conscience, ethics, and morals feel as if those values are somehow flawed?

        Neck-bearded Brony wants new plushies to line his basement walls with while he’s wearing a trilby hat, tipping said fedora, and posting his “how-to” videos to FaceTube. Pfffffffffft (waves hand in dismissal)

  • Mason Sabatell

    Pretty disgusting that you would post this story with literally 0 knowledge of the actual information. Did you know that this man is mentally handicapped? Did you know he is not completely literate? Did you know that he was told by the department of aging that he was under a PFA from his father but was never served an official notice from a sheriff or constable? Do you know anything about this man? Because I do and I believe what you are doing by publicly shaming this man is criminal. Im disgusted by what this news outlet has turned into

      • Mason Sabatell

        I didnt say he is retarded. He is mentally handicapped as in, noy quite as sharp as the average joe. And on top of that his illiteracy makes it preposterous that someone would give him POA considering his inability to even read ir comprehend laws regarding the status.

      • Bill OReilly

        With that logic it’s seems you are saying that if an individual is mentally handicapped and do something wrong it’s OK? Plus if someone is known to be mentally handicapped, why would they receive a POA?

    • mario andretti

      It’s comforting to know that people who are ‘mentally handicapped’ and ‘not completely literate’ have access to motor vehicles and are driving on the same roads as you and I. Toss in some drunks and texters, and we pretty much don’t stand a chance to make it home alive. ‘Not as sharp as the average Joe’ – the bar is pretty low in this area to begin with – it’s a wonder Michael isn’t wearing a bib if that’s the case.

    • i_C_Crazy_people

      So the mentally “handicapped” criminal, who is allowed to drive a car, which is a weapon on wheels is supposed to be the one protected from an old man a nursing home?! do tell.
      “State police say Kuchinsky was stealing from his 75-year-old father, a war veteran who is in a nursing facility.”
      “According to state police, Michael Kuchinsky no longer has power of attorney for his father and his father is in the process of having him evicted from his home.”
      GOOD!
      “Investigators say from December 2013, through November 2015, Michael Kuchinsky had power of attorney for his father and was supposed to pay his father’s bills. Instead, they say he stole $19,900 from his father’s checking accounts and failed to pay property taxes on the home for three years.”
      Sounds criminal to me or no?!

    • El Ma

      Mason Sabatell, you have provided a laundry-list of excuses for this man’s choices, actions, and decisions. If he is THAT incompetent, he should not have a license, he should NOT be granted legal control over ANYONE’S finances, and he should be living in a special group home for people who cannot breathe without assistance.

      What the $*&%?!?!?! All of that excuses him? Does it? What if it had been YOUR money, Mason. What if you had been languishing in a nursing home, and someone that you trusted to do the right thing decided that THEY deserved your income, instead of you? Who suffers from this, Mason? EVERYONE because this POS is not only receiving SSD (I have no doubt about this), but he’s going to be incarcerated on MY dime because he can’t read, write, think, decide, and make sound choices.

      So many excuses for so many people, these days. Everyone has one. It’s just confounding.

  • Bob Smith

    How disgusting young man! It doesn’t surprise how they have abused power of attorney to squander money on themselves! I hope that County to waive late fees on property taxes.

      • James Weber

        He’s capable of driving a vehicle and obtaining a license AND holding a job. But he’s mentally handicapped to a degree where he doesn’t know if the money is his or not? Also having POA? Not everything is as it seems.

      • pink hat

        Bleeding heart liberal snowflakes would rather blame his father and throw him in jail instead of the guy that took the money.

      • El Ma

        Whole story, in a nutshell:
        Brony gets POA for incapacitated father.
        Brony makes decision to go shopping for fedoras and My Little Pony plush toys to fiddle with
        Brony makes decision to not pay bills so that he can buy more Mt. Dew and Doritos
        Brony gets arrested

        What did we miss, here?

      • El Ma

        KRISTI, you seem to know all of these people so well. Fill the public in on why this man should not be held accountable for his actions. Please. You have claimed to know the “inside story” on so many of these degenerates – do enlighten us, all. We’ll wait while you formulate your erudite response. (blink)