Police: Colonie man arrested for stealing $250K from Living Resources client

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police say a man has been arrested after he stole money from a woman he was caring for at Living Resources.

Officials say 56-year-old John Cook of Colonie is being charged on a warrant for grand larceny as police in Saratoga were contacted regarding a possible fraud. They say the report was made by the Financial Investigations Unity of the NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.

The investigation showed that Cook first met the victim while he was employed by Living Resources, an agency that works with individuals with special needs. The victim in the case is a 47-year-old female who is a client of Living Resources.

Police say Cook had regular contact with the victim for a couple years prior to the incident and was assigned as her case manager. In the fall of 2013, the victim received a settlement check for a family tragedy that had previously taken place. Cook allegedly took a payment of $250,000 from the victim in September 2013. A major purpose of this payment was for Cook to help create a CD and additional music tributes related to her personal tragedy.

Police say Cook failed to follow through with the agreement and spent the majority of the money for personal expenses.

Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Investigator Vanessa Rose of the Saratoga Springs Police Department, 584-1800.

Cook was arraigned and remanded to Saratoga County jail on $100,000 cash bail.

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