He’d known this couple for at least a decade, gaining their trust and friendship, before he took advantage of them at the cost of $100,000, St. Pete police say.
Charles Brian Kleinmetz, 52, was arrested and charged with exploitation of the elderly or disabled adult Thursday.
Detectives say Kleinmetz was the couple’s insurance agent and was friends with them, and sold the couple an insurance policy that wouldn’t be able to cover the cost of assisted living care. Eventually, the husband was diagnosed with dementia and needed the care of an assisted living facility.
According to police, Kleinmetz helped the couple cash in a $205,000 life insurance annuity to pay for the cost of the assisted living facility. Once the husband was placed in the facility’s care, Kleinmetz forged a deeper friendship with the wife and provided help with daily activities and assisted