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Sandy lawyer charged with ripping off a widow

Prosecutors charged a Sandy attorney Thursday after an elderly woman lost $80,000 of equity in her house.

Jay W. Taylor, 42, was charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult and unlawful dealing with property by a fiduciary, both second-degree felonies, according to a statement from the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office.

An 87-year-old woman hired Taylor to go after people who scammed her out of $15,000. Taylor instead persuaded the widow to get a home equity loan for $100,000. She signed over power of attorney to Taylor. Taylor withdrew $80,000 from the loan and spent it on personal matters, charges state.

Each second-degree felony carries up to 15 years in prison, according to the statement by the DA.