It looks like the Nebraska Cornhuskers could be looking for a new public address announcer in the near future. If you do decide to apply for the job, just make sure you don’t start stealing from the elderly if you get the job.
According to The Journal Star, Nebraska P.A. announcer Patrick Combs was arrested Friday afternoon. The charges? Stealing upwards of $350,000 from two elderly women.
Combs used his “power of attorney” status with two women, ages eighty-eight and ninety-two, to out them for $363,000. Most of that total came from Beverly Mosher, a widow and long-time employee of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. An affidavit reported that Mosher had dementia and Combs was a friend of hers.
Via The Journal Star:
“Combs used Mosher’s checking account between September 2014 and January 2015 to buy cars, pay off a car loan and credit cards, install carpet at his lake house and get brickwork done on an outbuilding at his Gretna home, Koenig-Warnke said.
Combs also gifted $150,000 and $100,000 to two of his family friends after having Mosher’s power of attorney amended to allow gifting, an affidavit to arrest him states.
Combs was apparently caught after a $1.75 million transfer from Mosher’s account to his was frozen after investigators learned of the possible fraud.
A Lincoln doctor who cared for Mosher before her death in June of this year said she had mild vascular dementia and that he was aware of Combs managing her money. The doctor told investigators that Mosher should be examined before she made the decision to transfer those large sums of money.
The ninety-two year old woman, who remained anonymous, told police that Combs opened an account in her name and withdrew money from it, nearly $19,000, to an investment account in his name. Both of these things were not authorized by the woman.
Combs, who has held the position as Nebraska’s P.A. announcer since 2002. currently faces up to seventy years in prison. The Cornhuskers announced that they will not renew their agreement with Combs.
There is no evidence that a new announcer will be named before the Cornhuskers’ first game on September 5.
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