Elderly Veteran Left Suicidal After Couple Steals His Life Savings

Jessica Henry and Gregory Dushan allegedly used the stolen money to help fund their $500-per-day drug habit.

DeLand, FL – An 82-year-old U.S. Coast Guard veteran was left on the brink of suicide after two drug addicts scammed him out of his life savings, police said.

DeLand police officers responded to the desperate man’s home on May 8, after the elderly veteran called the Veterans Crisis Center and told them he wanted to kill himself because he had no money left in his bank account, the department said in a press release.

He was still on the phone with the crisis line when officers arrived.

Investigators learned that 31-year-old Jessica Henry and 28-year-old Gregory Dushan took over $50,000 and a vehicle from the elderly veteran.

The unnamed victim said he first met Henry approximately three years ago, and that he had periodically given her money so she could feed her children and pay for transportation to get them to school, police said.

About six months ago, Henry called the veteran and claimed that she had been arrested and had to pay for a drug test required by her probation officer.

Dushan, posing as a probation officer, then got on the phone and demanded that the elderly man pay for Henry’s probation costs.

Dushan continued to call the victim on a daily basis, and ordered him to pay sums ranging from $150 to $1,000.

He threatened to throw him in jail if he did not comply, and even “seized” the victim’s vehicle multiple times until he handed over as much as $1,500, WKMG reported.

“Eventually, the victim gave Henry his vehicle so it would not get seized again,” according to the department’s press release. “It has since been recovered."

Police later learned that the duo was using the cash they stole from the elderly man to support their $500-per-day drug habit, police said.

“Both suspects in this case intentionally coerced and deliberately deceived the victim causing him to deplete his bank account to support their drug habit,” the department said. “The victim was then notified by the bank that his account had a negative balance, which prompted him to want to kill himself because he felt this was his only solution.”

Prior to Dushan’s arrest, the victim received “death threats” telling him to “drop the charges on Henry or he would be killed in a half-hour,” police said.

Dushan and Henry were both arrested and charged with exploitation of an elderly person.

Dushan faces an additional count for impersonating a correction/probation officer, and could face even more charges related to the alleged death threats.

The DeLand Police Department said they have received multiple calls from citizens who want to help the elderly veteran, and that the agency is looking into ways to best assist him, WKMG reported.

Comments (37)
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antioch_jeff
antioch_jeff

Wow, real stand-up people.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

Just sickening. Oh and if I hear 1 person say "it's a disease, they couldn't help it" GTFOH I hope this great man and his wife get help and I am so glad he reached out to the VA before it was too late because then those 2 POS would have thought they really won!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

I hope these 2 get their asses beat in jail.

FrogHill
FrogHill

How much would it cost to bail these two poor, misunderstood, children of the sun out of jail?

Jones24
Jones24

Hope someone sets up a go fund me for the veteran. I am sad reading this!

Snakeman 51
Snakeman 51

Drop those two worthless POS in jail, until Hell freezes over!

KTCSon-shine
KTCSon-shine

These scum need long jail sentences, but during the time of serving- put them on a chain gang with placards hanging from their necks that state: “We stole an elderly Veteran’s money, his car , and his dignity.We’re drug abusing rats.”

Cissyrae54
Cissyrae54

May they burn in hell.

Fearless Foe
Fearless Foe

Put those two UNDER the jail!

Baxter12
Baxter12

Anyone who takes advantage of elderly people, should be shot!!!!

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

Drugs are Directly or Indirectly responsible for almost 63% of ALL crimes in this country..and what do our elected Officials do about it...they LEGALIZE Marijuana, a KNOWN Gateway Drug. This needs to be dealt with and dealt with severely. We need to teach our young and drugs are NOT the answer to anything but a fast death or a lifetime in and out of prison.

TangoTango
TangoTango

Maybe these two need to be released to the local Veterans Group!!! Give them each a folding shovel and make them each dig a six foot deep grave everyday!!!

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

worthless leeches. send them to labor camps somewhere. make them pay back.

TwinWrangler
TwinWrangler

Absolute scum! They deserve a slow painful death.

McFarlane
McFarlane

It's called undue influence and law enforcement needs to educate those who investigate these kinds of crimes.

Brasov04cluj
Brasov04cluj

Bind these two P's O. Excrement , cut them each until they bleed and lay them down at waters edge for the Gators. P's O S#*T should be DEAD already.

Grog
Grog

These two scumbags need to be taken out of society!!!! Permanently!

KCR
KCR

Hopefully they get their asses burnt up by the judge....no leniency to these embarrassing white trash asses