Ex-NBA Player Steals Money From Woman With Alzheimer’s, Dementia

ATLANTA (CBS Atlanta) – Ron Behagen had 290 steals during the course of his seven-year NBA career, but none were as costly as the 40 times he stole money from an Atlanta-area woman suffering from Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Behagen, 60, plead guilty and was sentenced Thursday for stealing money on 40 separate occasions from a seriously ill 68-year-old woman between April and June of 2011, totaling $7,140.

In the spring of last year, Behagen, a journeyman who played for eight teams including the Atlanta Hawks, obtained the woman’s ATM card from Valla Rider, a friend of his, who also served as the woman’s caretaker in Sandy Springs, Ga., according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

In a three-month period, Behagen withdrew money from the woman’s account 40 times, all of the transactions being recorded on the bank’s surveillance camera. It wasn’t until the woman’s ex-husband began to notice the transactions on the bank statement that police were notified of the unauthorized bank withdrawals, according to the DA’s office.

Behagen was charged with a single count of financial transaction card fraud. He was sentenced to three years’ probation and has been ordered to pay $3,570 in restitution. In August of last year, Rider plead guilty to a charge of financial transaction card fraud. She was sentenced to probation and also ordered to pay an undisclosed amount of restitution.

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  1. NbaPlayer GetsAPass says:

    Behagen, 60, plead guilty and was sentenced Thursday for stealing money on 40 separate occasions from a seriously ill 68-year-old woman between April and June of 2011, totaling $7,140.

    He was sentenced to three years’ probation and has been ordered to pay $3,570 in restitution.

    What twisted logic could the court have used to sanction the scrote not paying restitution for all of thefts? Thievery is thievery. Contributory negligence has some meaning in civil court … but should have no bearing in criminal cases.

  2. cwalker says:

    The ex-husband of all people discovered this??

  3. Joe says:

    This guy is a class act! He is also the thug who almost killed an Ohio State basketball player in 1972 when he played for Minnesota. Lock him up and throw away the key!

  4. stalwart says:

    He should have been jailed in 1972. Would have saved a poor handicapped woman from being ripped off. He was probably stomping her in the face daily as well. What a loser.

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