A 41-year-old Cary man was behind bars Thursday, charged with swindling about $5,000 from two mentally disabled women with whom he shared an apartment.
Peter T. Jachim, of the 400 block of North First Street, faces charges of financial exploitation of an elderly person and financial exploitation of a disabled person, stemming from claims he began taking money from the women about six months ago.
Deputy Cary Police Chief Ed Synek said his department launched an investigation into Jachim after his name surfaced in an unrelated identity theft probe.
"At that time we became privy to information that there might be some elderly people he was exploiting," Synek said.
Police said the investigation revealed that Jachim began living with one of the victims, a 46-year-old disabled Cary woman, in April 2008. Jachim, police said, would sometimes accompany the woman to her workplace, a restaurant in Island Lake where he met the second victim, a 66-year-old woman who for the previous 31 years had been a resident of an assisted living facility.
Jachim, police said, arranged to have her moved out of the facility and into the one-bedroom apartment he shared with the 46-year-old woman. The eldest woman slept on a love seat in the apartment's kitchen, police said.
Synek declined to comment on how police believe Jachim took the victims' funds, but said investigators believe there may be other victims. Anyone with information, or who believes they may have been victimized by Jachim, is asked to call Cary police investigations at (847) 639-2341.
Jachim, who describes himself in court documents as the owner of a landscaping company, is scheduled to appear in court Monday on his motion to have his $25,000 bond reduced. If convicted of both charges, he would face a maximum three to seven years in prison.