A 67-year-old Sonora man has been accused of taking more than $200,000 from a 91-year-old woman.

Thomas Ricci was charged with three counts of burglary and 79 counts of financial elder abuse.

The state alleges that checks were written to him from August 2017 until February 2019. He cashed them, and the money did not belong to him, Assistant District Attorney Eric Hovatter said.

Thomas Ricci was arrested on Wednesday night by Sonora Police Department. He had worked as a contractor for the woman, doing handyman work.

During a hearing on Friday, Judge Kevin Seibert granted the prosecution’s request to increase Ricci’s bail to $750,000.

Hovatter also filed a motion that any money used for bail did not come from criminal activity, which the judge granted as well.

Ricci was still in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail Friday afternoon.

Ricci was convicted in the late 1990s of diversion of construction funds.

The number of charges in this case is unusual for Tuolumne County, but Hovatter said he has seen similar cases in other jurisdictions.

Ricci will be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. next Friday in Department 2 in the Tuolumne County Superior Court.

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