Bench Warrant Issued For Richard Hatfield In Probation Revocation Case
Law enforcement is looking for a Gillette man who admitted to taking money from his mother and was sentenced to probation.
A bench warrant has been issued for Richard Hatfield who failed to show up to a probation revocation hearing in Natrona County District Court.
He is accused of getting behind on his court ordered restitution payment.
He pleaded guilty to one count of larceny by bailee and was given a four-to-five year suspended prison sentence with eight years of probation, and was ordered to pay $85,000 in restitution, at a rate of $900 per month.
Prosecutors say from August 2014, through March 2016, there were eight months were he either made a partial payment or no payment at all.
Investigators with the Casper Police Department say Hatfield’s mother was declared incompetent in 2007 and when that happened, Hatfield withdrew a large sum of money from her bank account with no apparent records for what it was used for.
She also had two of her Natrona County homes sold in 2009 by Hatfield, who has had power of attorney since 2005.
A review by the Department of Family Services determined that there were a number of expenditures and credit card payments, made by Hatfield that were unaccounted for and did not appear to have been done in his mother’s best interests.
Hatfield claimed that some of the money was used to cover the costs of preparing the two properties for sale, but he had no receipts to back up his claims.
Hatfield’s mother was also behind on her payments to a nursing home in Casper.
Hatfield was free on a $10,000 signature bond, but a court judge has ordered that to be forfeited, because of his no-show to court.
If the court rules that he violated his probation, all or part of his suspended prison sentence could be reinstated.