SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A New York man has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for stealing more than $300,000 from his western Massachusetts grandfather who was suffering from dementia.
Prosecutors say Michael Ostrowski of East Patchogue, N.Y., was a court-appointed guardian for Stanley Ostrowski of Greenfield, responsible for paying bills, but instead stole the money to buy items including a $37,000 pickup truck, a flat-screen television and an assault rifle.
Michael Ostrowski was also sentenced Thursday in federal court in Springfield to three years of probation, ordered to pay more than $185,000 in restitution and forfeit nearly $180,000 stolen from his grandfather's estate.
Stanley Ostrowski died in 2008 at age 99.
Michael Ostrowski pleaded guilty in January to mail fraud, conspiracy,
interstate transportation of stolen property and other charges.
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