A Lexington man charged with exploiting the elderly is now wanted in Ray County and other places as well.
Andrew K. Huffman, 18, failed to appear in court yesterday to face two felony counts. Huffman was released last month from the Ray County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond. Huffman was arrested in Ray County last month for exploiting an elderly Richmond man who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease while he was awaiting a court date on a similar charge he had been arrested for just weeks before.
Now Huffman’s bond is set at $40,000, cash only in Ray County.
Huffman also had a court summons to appear in Platte County for a similar incident that occurred in 2007 when Huffman was still a minor. Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd charged Huffman with a misdemeanor earlier this month, but stepped those charges up to a felony last week. His bond in Platte County is set at $10,000. Huffman also listed his address as Blue Springs with Platte County authorities.
Huffman also missed a court date in Chariton County for another charge of exploiting the elderly. His bond in that county has been set at $100,000.
Huffman’s uncle, Bobby Joe Wilson, who employed Huffman, told police in a report last month that he knew about Huffman’s targeting of elderly people. Wilson, who runs a tree service, had his license revoked by the Richmond City Council last month when the police report was released. Wilson challenged the revocation but did not show up for a hearing.
All of the charges against Huffman center around tree work or other handy work that was either not performed or drastically over priced. In the latest charge in Platte County, Huffman charged a woman $9,600 to remove a tree and replace the insulation in an attic. The insulation was never replaced and another tree service bided the tree removal at about $1,000.