Tulare County Fire Captain Accused of Elder Abuse and Embezzlement of OB Relatives

by on November 9, 2011 · 6 comments

in Life Events, Ocean Beach

4485 Pescadero house - was there embezzlement involved when it was sold in 2007?

Editor: A Tulare County man has been accused of elder abuse and embezzlement of his elderly relatives – Julia and Harry Tuck – who lived in Ocean Beach at 4485 Pescadero Avenue.  The article below is somewhat confusing as to whether the Tucks – who have since passed away – are parents or aunt and uncle of the accused.

By Luis Hernandez / Visalia Times-Delta / November 8, 2011

A Tulare man is facing felony charges of grand theft, embezzlement and elder abuse, making him subject to a possible eight-year prison sentence.

Keith Little, 47, entered a not guilty plea to the charges in Tulare County Superior Court in June and is due back in court Dec. 7 for a preliminary hearing. He was released on $100,000 bail. Little, a captain in the Tulare fire department, declined to comment on the advice of his attorney. Albert Gordon, the public defender assigned to represent Little, did not return calls seeking comment.

According to a felony complaint, between the dates Oct. 14, 2004 and June 7, 2010, Little is accused of:

  •  Embezzling the proceeds from the sale of a house at 4485 Pescadero Ave. in San Diego’s Ocean Beach area. According to San Diego real estate records, the three-bedroom home sold for $709,500 in November 2007.
  •  Stealing in excess of $150,000 from a couple identified in court documents only as H.T and J.T., whom Tulare police identified as Little’s uncle and aunt. San Diego real estate records connect the Pescadero Avenue house to Harry and Julia Tuck. Records say Harry Tuck died at age 86 on Oct. 14, 2004. An obituary in the San Diego Union-Tribune, printed at the time of his death, said he was survived by two sons, Keith and Kevin Little of Tulare.

In a separate count, according to the complaint, Little is accused of committing elder abuse against Julia Tuck, whom authorities described as a dependent adult. According to Social Security records, Julia Tuck died June 7, 2010.

Tulare County Deputy District Attorney Tim Ward said he couldn’t provide further details in the court case.

“It’s not appropriate to discuss the facts of a case,” he said. “There’s a pending investigation.”

According to police, detectives began investigating the allegations in September 2009. Police said the initial allegations state Little failed to pay for care facilities for Julia Tuck.

During the investigation, police said they did an extensive review of financial records before turning the case over to the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office for review. In May, an arrest warrant was issued. Little was taken into custody and released after posting bail.

Little is a veteran of more than 20 years with Tulare Fire. He was first hired in 1989 as a firefighter and then promoted to engineer in 1997. He was then named captain in June 2004.

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avatar editordude November 14, 2011 at 10:05 am

Here is an update .

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avatar Bonnie Lewis Leclerc January 23, 2012 at 4:33 pm

To who may concern. My mom was Julia Tuck Sister. And the Littles were no relation.
The Tucks did call them there nephews only because they knew the when the were young I do have a copy of the will.

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avatar Janet Mann Sanford January 23, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I knew the Tucks very well and this man was not their son. It is complicated, but he was treated “like a son” by them because they had no children.

In their will, which their niece has a copy of, he was to get the house after their passing. But the thing is, she needed care and he saw his money going going gone to in home health care.

In his will/trust, the cash was to be distributed to their family. He took the house out of the trust, used the money for himself, and then put her in a care facility as a medicare patient. She had a in-home care worker that money was saved to take care of Aunt Chuck as I knew her.

Keith Little was named the conservator for Aunt Chuck, but as familoy members saw, he totally ripped her off. Family members didn’t think there was anything they could do because he was the conservator and didn’t have the money to hire lawyers to look into it, but they knew something was going on.

I remember at the time the house was up for sale I contacted the realtor to say that he didn’t legally have the right to sell the house, but he took the house out of the trust and transferred ownership to himself.

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avatar Bonnie Leclerc March 17, 2012 at 2:54 am

What is going on with this case. Keith is not a relative. I am Julia Tuck niece.
Thanks Bonnie

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avatar Bonnie December 21, 2012 at 5:21 am

I am glad that Keith is in Jail and I hope he does have to repay? He really did my Aunt and Uncle wrong>>>>>>>>>>> I have seen pictures of all that he has spent with there money It is a shame of all he has done.

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avatar brian July 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm

I went school with kevin and keith he got one year jail but to let you no he’s not in jail as of july 3 2013 why not did he get out of it some how I thank he’s brother kevin may have got some of the money at the time he was buying things to new truck quad runner toy holler trailer .

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