CLEVELAND- The son and daughter-in-law of Charlie Sifford are accused of stealing from the late golf legend.
Craig and Sandra Sifford, both 48, were charged with three counts of theft, one count of money laundering and one count of unauthorized use of property. Sandra Sifford also faces one count of receiving stolen property.
Charles Sifford died on Feb. 3 at the age of 92. Court records indicated he had been diagnosed with dementia. Days after his death, the Fox 8 News I-Team learned the Ohio Bureau of Investigations launched an inquiry into his finances.
According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office, Craig and Sandra Sifford used money from Charlie's account on travel, dining, clothes and jewelry. They also spent money on landscaping around their Brecksville house. The prosecutor's office said the thefts started in 2010 and total more than $1 million.
“The elderly and the disabled are particularly vulnerable to financial exploitation, especially from family members,” said assistant prosecutor Paul Soucie, chief of the office’s economic crime unit, in a news release on Tuesday. “It is important that we hold these perpetrators responsible for their actions.”
Charlie Sifford broke the color barrier on the PGA Tour in 1961. He won it twice and went on to win the 1975 Senior PGA Championship. President Barack Obama awarded Sifford the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November.
Watch our original I-Team investigation