ELYRIA – A New London couple in their 70s was sentenced to one year probation for stealing from an elderly family member for whom they were caring.
Roy Warner, 74, and Vesta Warner, 73, were both sentenced to one year probation by Judge John Miraldi on Monday. Both pleaded no contest to indicted charges in December and were found guilty by Miraldi, according to court records.
The Warners were indicted on two counts of theft in 2016. Lorain County Prosecutor Dennis Will had said the family brought the elderly victim, who is Vesta Warner’s stepfather and had lived out of state, first to their original home in North Ridgeville and then later to the Brighton Township home they allegedly bought with money taken in part from an insurance settlement the victim received from an accident he was involved in.
Will had said the victim was upset about some of the expenditures made with his funds and completely unaware of others, including the purchase of a motorcycle.
The victim would sometimes leave the house and make contact with a Wellington-area church, whose members became concerned and tried to contact law enforcement.
Two other people – Bart Kubisen and his ex-wife Robyn Kubisen – were also indicted on charges in connection to the theft. Robyn Kubisen is the daughter of the Warners.
Roy Warner was a former Lorain County Drug Task Force agent and Bart Kubisen was a Lorain County Jail Corrections Officer. Because the two had worked for the county, the investigation into the allegation was turned over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Bart Kubisen and Robyn Kubisen both pleaded guilty in connection to the alleged theft in 2017. Robin Kubisen was sentenced to five years probation and Bart Kubisen was granted intervention in lieu of conviction, according to court records.