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Man accused of stealing millions from 97-year-old neighbor

By Melissa Horrocks     Jun 15, 2012 in Crime
San Francisco - Everyone needs good neighbors and that's exactly what Paul Seeman seemed to be to Anne Nutting and her husband. Seeman seemed to be kind and considerate and the Nuttings could not contemplate that he had ulterior motives.
According to AP State Wire News, an Alameda County judge is facing charges of elderly theft for stealing at least $1.6 million from his neighbor, 97.
Paul Seeman was arrested and charged on Thursday with one count of elder theft and 11 counts of perjury. He is being held on $525,000 bail.
Seeman allegedly started stealing from his neighbor, Anne Nutting, in 1999 - after she became a widow. Seeman is purported to have slowly bled away all of her assets until April 2010 when she passed away, at the age of 97.
Nutting did not have any family members alive when she died. Police have said that Seeman, 57, became Nutting's durable power of attorney and claimed he found $1 million worth of stock certificates and dividend checks in her house.
Seeman was appointed to the bench in 2009 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
San Francisco Chronicle state that it is thought that County Judge Paul Seeman might have had good intentions when he offered help to the couple who lived across the street in Berkeley. Apparently the elderly couple had no family or friends, and their home was unlivable because of clutter they had horded for years. However, despite his initial purpose, his actions turned criminal, authorities said on Thursday. He is currently being held in custody at Wiley Manuel Courthouse where he lives in downtown Oakland.
In a two year investigation on Seeman, it was discovered that he stole thousands of dollars from Anne Nutting. Not only did he steal money, he also sold her art work and other possessions. He even tried to bar her from her own home and used her garage for his 1957 Ford Thunderbird.
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