Man accused of stealing from elderly patients (CA)

SAN DIEGO — An El Cajon man who once ran a residential care facility faced a judge Tuesday on accusations he stole thousands of dollars from two of his residents.

Attila Buki, 70, is accused of financial elder abuse, grand theft and forgery, and prosecutors say Buki stole more than $120,000 from two residents by appointing himself power of attorney, which allowed him to make decisions for them.

Hardy Gold, the deputy attorney general on the case, said what Buki allegedly did was illegal.

“As an administrator … [he is] prohibited from doing that,” Gold said.

Buki was in charge of The Summer Place, a nine-bed facility located in El Cajon. Gold said Buki took more than $19,000 from Philip Richter and more than $100,000 from Yvette Casey. Court documents showed Buki transferred that money to personal accounts. According to court documents, one former caregiver said at the time he bought a BMW. In another court document, he admitted to “spending the money.”

Both Richter and Casey are now deceased.

“What we hope for is the family members will keep an eye on their loved ones [and be] aware of their finances,” Gold said.

In court, Buki, Cota and Buki’s public defender, Ann Sommers, did not want to comment on camera.

The facility remains open, now called “A Summer Place.” It is run by Buki’s daughter, Tila Cota, who told 10News it is under new management and her father is no longer affiliated with the business.

Cota would not go into detail about her father, only say the case is “pending” and it is too early.

Gold said if Buki is convicted, he could face a maximum of 6 years and 8 months in prison.
Buki is out on $40,000 bail and is due to appear in court in June.


Man Accused Of Stealing From Elderly Patients
Attila Buki Used To Run El Cajon Facility The Summer Place
May 17, 2011