Second man arrested in maintenance ripoff of blind 89-year-old Villages resident

Oscar William Freeman
Oscar William Freeman

A second man has been arrested after allegedly helping himself to the checkbook of a blind 89-year-old resident of The Villages.

A Citizens First Bank employee contacted law enforcement after noticing that several large checks had cleared under an elderly customer’s name. The checks, ranging in amounts, from $250 to $900, totaled $5,630.

One suspect, 46-year-old Eugene Widows, was arrested last month while cashing one of the checks.

A second suspect, 48-year-old Oscar William Freeman, also has been arrested on two counts of exploitation of the elderly. He is free on $4,000 bond.

The woman told police she left the doors unlocked at her home. She said the maintenance workers often walked in and out of her home and she said she could not see them.

The Department of Children and Families was contacted on behalf of the woman. She was also transported to The Villages Regional Hospital.