Former guardian pleads guilty to stealing thousands from elderly

Paul Kormanik

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — A former attorney and court-appointed guardian pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing thousands from elderly victims he was supposed to protect.

Paul Kormanik pleaded guilty to ten charges inside the Franklin County Common Pleas Court.

With the plea, he admits to opening joint bank accounts with his elderly clients and stealing their money. In some cases, he would wait until the client died then wipe out the remainder of the account as “personal expenses.” After the money was gone from the accounts, Kormanik lied on city documents indicating the deceased had no money to their names in order to get tax payers and the city of Columbus to pay for their funerals at the indigent burial ground.

Linda Gomez tells NBC4 her mother was one of Kormanik’s victims. She said Kormanik was the guardian for more than 400 elderly people, the most in Ohio. Gomez said her mother never even met the man whole stole thousands from her.

“In the entire time he was my mother’s guardian, he never once met her,” she said.

Gomez said she is relieved Kormanik finally admitted guilt.

“It is great that there is going to be some sort of, eventually, a resolution to this situation because there is so many victims.”

Kormanik will be sentenced October 20th. He faces more than 20 years in prison and up to $75,000 in fines.

Gomez says she hopes he gets sent to jail.

“I think this is the lowest form of what any human being could possibly do,” she said. “To me, there should be no other recourse but prison for him.”

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