Caretakers who stole $152,000 from elderly, blind woman sentenced to time served
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent July 17, 2013 6:10PM
Barry Bostic of Michigan City. Porter County Sheriff's Department. November 15, 2012
Updated: August 21, 2013 6:03AM
VALPARAISO — A Michigan City couple who stole more than $152,000 in cash, jewelry and others items from an elderly and blind Chesterton woman has less than eight years to pay her back.
However, Bary J. Bostic, 47, and Robbin Dawyne Bostic, 40, won’t serve any more time incarcerated beyond the 16 months and 24 days they spent in Porter County Jail before Wednesday’s sentencing.
But whether the amount of restitution equals what the couple stole while acting as caretakers can’t be certain because of a lack of records, according to Deputy Porter County Prosecutor Andrew Bennett.
“The true depth and breadth will never be known,” Bennett said.
Porter Superior Judge Mary Harper showed her distaste for the crime during the sentencing hearing, noting that the couple took advantage of a blind woman who was recently widowed and entering dementia and could no longer speak for herself.
“I can see you two jumping up and down, high-fiving each other,” Harper said. “(The victim’s) lack of ability to testify is, I believe, a factor in the state offering this (plea) agreement.”
Police were called into the matter in March 2012 after the legal guardians had the locks changed the house while the Bostics had the victim in a motel because of alleged mold problems.
They moved her there after her husband died, and court records state that a testing company found no significant mold problems.
The Bostics began selling the gold and platinum bars and jewelry to pawn shops and coin dealers, and Bary used two checks to put $57,540 down on a new truck.
A funeral director told police that Bary picked up death certificates for the victim’s husband in the new truck and talked about buying property in LaPorte County.
Both of the Bostics attempted to downplay what happened when addressing the court, even as they apologized for doing wrong.
“We tried to help her out, but the way we went about it was wrong,” Robbin said.
When Bary was asked about an emerald ring, the victim’s wedding ring and another family ring, he maintained that the victim’s husband had given them to him as gifts, which a pastor would have testified to in court.
“I hear what you’re saying. I’m not sure I believe it,” Harper said.
Defense attorney Jennifer Irons said Bary, a former truck driver, is waiting to get disability insurance payments and, if he gets it, will put any back payments toward the restitution.