Woman who allegedly stole from disabled Colonie man now behind bars

June 08, 2018 02:40 PM

The woman accused of stealing from a quadriplegic man and leaving him in a hydraulic lift for 18 hours is now behind bars.

Ashley Mowatt allegedly took $2,600 and a wheelchair accessible van from Mike DiScipio's Colonie home over the weekend. DiScipio was her boyfriend and former patient.

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Mowatt is charged with Grand Larceny, Endangering the Welfare of a Physically Disabled Person and Criminal Contempt.

DiScipio's family said fortunately he is doing okay. They're relieved Mowatt turned herself in and now they just want to move on. 

"He's very lucky that he's alive,” DiScipio’s sister Cheryl Skaarup said. “He's been through a lot since original accident but he is one strong guy and has a lot of strong support."

DiScipio's daughter Ashley saw home surveillance footage that shows Mowatt taunting him with the money before walking out of the house.

"She knew what she was doing she had no intentions of returning,” Ashley DiScipio said. “She took everything with her and she took the money and she left him in the state that he was in in the Hoyer lift with the AC on with the house at 50 degrees."

DiScipio was treated in the Intensive Care Unit for dehydration, hypothermia and muscle deterioration. He returned home Thursday.

Mowatt turned herself in to authorities late Thursday afternoon. She pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to Albany County Jail without bail.

Skaarup is pleased to see some justice for Mike.

"There isn't anything he can do for himself so to leave him the way that she did, I hope she rots,” she said.

Mowatt will stay remain in jail until her next court appearance on Monday June 11.


Emily Burkhard

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