HARRISVILLE – Two Alcona residents have been arraigned in 81st District Court for charges related to an elder abuse case. 

The Alcona County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation in early December 2019 of an elderly Alcona resident who was a victim of fraudulent activity that amounted in the loss of over $116,000. Through the investigation two suspects were identified. 

They are Roger Edwin Armstrong, 70 and Gene Elliot MacDermaid, 47, both of Harrisville. The subjects were arraigned on the following charges. 

• Armstrong received embezzlement-from a vulnerable adult in the amount of $100,000 or more. This is a felony punishable by 20 years of imprisonment and/or $50,000 or three times the value or the money involved. Armstrong was released on a $50,000 personal recognizant (P/R) bond. 

• MacDermaid received embezzlement-from a vulnerable adult in the amount of more than $50,000, but less than $100,000. This is a felony punishable by 15 years of imprisonment and/or $15,000 or three times the value of the money or property involved. MacDermaid was also charged with five counts of financial transaction device-illegal sale and use. Each count is a felony punishable by 4 years of imprisonment and/ or $5,000. MacDermaid was released on $25,000 P/R bond. 

The Alcona County Sheriff’s Office takes this type of crime very seriously and it has been a focus since Sheriff Scott Stephenson took office in May 2019. They have a large elderly population who have worked most of their lives and are now trying to enjoy their retirement. 

They will investigate these crimes discreetly, thoroughly, and judiciously. Through their partnership with the Alcona County Sheriff’s office they will obtain justice for these vulnerable crimes. The Sheriff’s office currently has four more open cases of this type of elder abuse they are investigating.