Crime & Courts

Florida fugitive found in SC after $100,000 stolen from father with dementia

Vincent Caliendo
Vincent Caliendo

A Crimestoppers tip led to the arrest of a man in the Midlands wanted in Florida after $105,888.99 was stolen from his father, according to officials.

Deputies with the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office in Brooksville, Fla., believe in October of 2015 Vincent Caliendo obtained power of attorney over his father, Bernard Caliendo, according to a news release from the agency.

The elder Caliendo, who was diagnosed with early-stage dementia, was caring for himself and paying for his own bills at the time, the department reported.

Deputies believe Vincent Caliendo withdrew cash in several transactions of up to $1,500 each between March 22 and March 28 of 2016 from his father’s bank accounts.

On March 29, 2016, deputies believe he took $100,863.67 from his father’s bank account via a cashier’s check.

Vincent Caliendo’s bank account showed $3,000 were spent on restaurants, hotels, retail stores, gas stations, cell phone bills and car insurance, as well $12,460 withdrawn from ATMs, the release stated.

Deputies believe none of the transactions benefited Bernard Caliendo, and they discovered Vincent’s checking account had a negative balance prior to the money transfers.

The release stated Vincent Caliendo attempted to cash the $100,863.67 check in Florida, though the bank only gave him $10,000 on April 4, 2016. Bank employees also placed a note on his account regarding possible criminal activity.

When Vincent Caliendo returned to the bank two days later to collect the remaining $89,472.73, officers with the Clermont Police Department seized the money and returned it to Bernard Caliendo.

Deputies also believe Vincent Caliendo attempted to obtain a reverse mortgage on his father’s residence. The documents were sent to Bernard Caliendo’s address, and deputies believe his son unsuccessfully attempted to enter the residence on April 9, 2016 to obtain them.

At this point, the power of attorney was rescinded.

A Crimestoppers tip led West Columbia police to locate Vicent Caliendo, according to Crimestoppers of the Midlands.

Officers took him into custody May 30 without incident.

“Without the willingness of this tipster to provide the needed information, we would still have a fugitive living amongst us here in the Midlands,” Crimestoppers coordinator Anna Bailey said.

He was charged with grand theft and exploitation of an elderly person or disabled adult.

He was transported to Hernando County Detention Center on June 11 and held under a $20,000 bond.