Fraud Investigation Nelson County Man Accused of Scamming Alzheimer’s Patient

A man is in jail in Nelson County and police say his crime was heartless and his target, helpless.

They say the man had been scamming an elderly Alzheimer’s patient for nearly two years.

“A low point” is what people around Bardstown are saying about 30-year-old William Bartley. Police say back in October 2011 Bartley was hired by a 78-year-old man with Alzheimer’s to do some driveway work.

Since 2011, police say Bartley has taken advantage of the Elderly man’s disease, going back to his home multiple times and saying he never paid him for the work done.

Each time the man would give him more money. Just last week the man wrote Bartley a check for $460 after he claimed once again that he was never paid.

It was that incident that alerted the man’s family.

Officials say the family has checked his banking records and believe he has been duped out of $25,000 since 2011.

William Bartley was arrested Monday and now sits in a jail cell in Nelson County. But people like James Haydon who runs his own lawn mowing service, constantly worry that scams like this will affect them in the long run.

“They are going to be wondering ‘this guy mowing our grass, is he doing what he is supposed to be doing?” Haydon said.

But it is a battle this honest businessman says he is prepared to fight.

Barltey is charged with theft by deception and knowingly abusing or neglecting an adult.

Police say more arrests could come from this case.

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