A man accused of scamming a retired Lancaster County teacher out of her life savings agreed to pay back the thousands of dollars she gave him in a negotiated plea deal reached Friday.
Yancey Darnell Taylor, 47, of Washington County, was charged by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office May 2017 with scamming $159,000 from the woman and gambling the money away at casinos.
He has paid $37,000 back so far, according to prosecutor Daniel J. Dye, assistant chief deputy attorney general.
The guilty plea was held in Lancaster County Court before President Judge Dennis Reinaker.
Taylor is required to pay no less than $200 a month to the estate of the woman, Karen Fedrow. She is in her 70s. He will also be on probation for 14 years in accordance with the plea, Dye said.
The two met when Fedrow rented a Westmoreland County property to Taylor in 2012. He told her of an investment opportunity, and she gave the money to him between February and August 2013, according to charging documents.
Taylor eventually threatened Fedrow she would face retaliation from the Mafia if she did not pay, according to the Attorney General's Office.
Charges of theft by deception and theft by extortion were filed against Taylor after a statewide Grand Jury, according to charging documents.
In court Fedrow asked the judge to keep Taylor on a "tight leash," Dye said. Taylor apologized to her.
"He said he had a gambling problem and that he would not behave in such a way again," Dye said.