2015 News Releases

Atchison couple ordered to pay restitution in financial exploitation of disabled daughter

Release Date: Jun 09, 2015

ATCHISON – (June 9, 2015) – An Atchison couple was ordered yesterday to pay restitution related to financial exploitation of their adult disabled daughter, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

 Nancy Ann Thummel, 44, and Dennis Joseph Thummel, 48, the biological father of the victim, were ordered by District Judge Martin Asher to pay $308,518.55 in restitution to their dependent adult daughter. Asher also sentenced Nancy Thummel to 24 months probation with an underlying sentence of 12 months in prison and Dennis Thummel to 24 months probation with an underlying sentence of 30 months in prison.

 The charges stemmed from an investigation by the Atchison Police Department, which revealed that between July 2007 and September 2012 the Thummels regularly withdrew money from their daughter’s bank account for their own personal spending including gambling, purchasing a car and other recreational vehicles.  In April, Nancy and Dennis Thummel each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit theft in amount greater than $100,000. Dennis Thummel pleaded guilty to additional charges that included three counts of mistreatment of a dependent adult and three counts of theft.

 Assistant Attorneys General Robert Novak, Adrian Serene and Jackie Williams of Schmidt’s office prosecuted the case.

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