Scott Lewis Heyder sure knows how to take advantage of someone with a disability. Over the course of a year and a half he convinced a 79 year-old woman with Alzheimer’s to purchase 11 different organs as trade ups on the claim that it would improve her playing. In all she was milked of $25,000.
“I think it’s unconscionable, especially after the family confronted this sales person and said our mother has mental failings due to Alzheimer’s, she doesn’t know what she’s doing,” Doll said.
The Spring Hill woman began buying and trading organs at the Fletcher Music Center at Gulfview Square Mall in 2003 after taking lessons there. Detectives requested that she not be publicly identified, fearing she might become the victim of another financial scam.
Heyder encouraged her to buy an organ for about $1,650, detectives said, and within days he urged her to trade up for an organ costing nearly double. Weeks later, the woman had traded up organs twice more to one costing nearly $5,000 and her family confronted Heyder.
But less than a year later, Heyder sold the woman more organs, the sheriff’s office said, including four on a single day in August.
Heyder’s been arrested and charged with felony exploitation of the elderly. He’s currently being held on $10,000 bail. The same article also describes how another elderly Alzheimer’s victim paid out over $90,000 to a landscaper for yard work he never performed. He’s also been arrested and charged with the same crime. Asshats like this almost make me wish there really was a vengeful god out there someplace.