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Man who bilked $50,000 from woman with dementia sent to prison
man in handcuffsIn March, Dayton Dixon, 35, was sentenced to 40 months in prison for stealing more than $57,000 from a 73-year-old woman and an 86-year-old woman with dementia. He pleaded guilty in January to six counts of theft in the first degree and two counts of theft in the second degree. The recently expanded Elder Abuse Unit was able to secure $8,000 in pre-paid restitution for the victims prior to the defendant being sent to prison.

“Many defendants fail to pay restitution once they’re convicted and sent to prison,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “In this case, pre-paid restitution made it possible for the victims to get some of their money back right away.”

Mildred Zolman, an 86-year-old woman who suffers from dementia and significant memory loss, lives alone in Tacoma. In 2013, her son discovered she had written eight large checks to the defendant’s company, Dayton's Landscaping, between November 2011 and December 2012, totaling approximately $50,000. Ms. Zolman's yard did not have extravagant landscaping and should have cost less than $3,000 per year to maintain. Ms. Zolman does not recall writing the checks to the defendant.

Ruby Chase, a 73-year-old woman, also lives alone at her residence in Puyallup. In June 2011, Ms. Chase agreed to hire the defendant to "fix her yard" for $17,000. She told police she was afraid of the defendant at first, but she gave him a deposit in the amount of $8,500. The defendant cashed the check, but never returned to Ms. Chase's home to complete the work.