Police: Mount Carmel man stole pension from mother he allegedly neglected
MOUNT CARMEL - A Mount Carmel man previously charged with neglecting his mother now is accused of forging her pension checks totaling $1,574.68.
Joseph Francis Campbell, 56, of 213 S. Vine St., was arraigned Tuesday afternoon by Magisterial District Judge Hugh Jones on eight felony counts of forgery filed by Cpl. David Donkochik.
Police said Campbell allegedly forged and cashed eight pension checks belonging to his mother, Rose Marcoon, 86, between Aug. 5 and Nov. 4. Some of the checks were forged after Marcoon was hospitalized, police said.
Jones set cash bail at $100,000 and Campbell was recommitted to Northumberland County Prison, Sunbury, where he has been held since his arrest in December on the neglect charges.
Campbell is scheduled to face a preliminary hearing on the new charges May 21.
At a pre-trial conference in early February, Campbell indicated he wanted to take the neglect case to trial, but county public defender Paige Rosini said it was possible her client may reach a plea agreement with the district attorney's office.
He was previously charged by Donkochik with felonies of neglect of a care-dependent person and forgery.
Police said Campbell was the primary caregiver for his mother at their South Vine Street home.
Dr. Peter McNeil, a Mount Carmel family physician, told police he hadn't seen Marcoon since May 2013 and went to her home unannounced about 1:30 p.m. Nov. 1 to check on her well-being. He entered the unlocked home and called her name and heard her respond from upstairs.
Police said McNeil found Marcoon in a filthy bedroom lying on a mattress stained by body fluids. There were no bedsheets on the mattress, only a dirty blanket. Alert but disoriented, Marcoon was thirsty and hungry, her stomach concave, and there were open sores and contusions about her body.
The doctor called for paramedics, who called for a police officer.
Marcoon, who was taken for treatment to Geisinger-Shamokin Area Community Hospital, was weak and couldn't move her arms and legs. She weighed between 75 and 80 pounds.
Police said the deed to Marcoon's home was put in Campbell's name. A bank account was changed to a joint account. Campbell was unemployed and his mother's only caregiver.
Campbell told police he tried to convince his mother to seek medical attention, but that she put it off. He was aware of her declining health, but made no attempts to seek outside assistance for her care, according to a criminal complaint.
Northumberland County Judge William H. Wiest removed Campbell as Marcoon's guardian during a hearing in November and granted emergency guardianship to Eldercare Solutions of Williamsport on the recommendation of Northumberland County Area Agency on Aging.
Marcoon reportedly is residing in an area nursing facility.