Deputies: Fairfield Co. couple rip off neighbor's life savings

By Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield - bio | email

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Fairfield County deputies say they've arrested a real life Bonnie and Clyde. They say 18-year-old Kayla Hudson and her 39-year-old husband, Robert Miller, cleaned out the life savings of a man who'd been taking them to church.

William Bundrick is fresh off a trip to Alaska. He says he is a man of nature with a lot of faith, and when he got back home he became a man with little money after being taken for 150 grand. "I'm 71 years old and this is money I've had in the bank, I saved up all my life," said Bundrick.

Deputies say Hudson and Miller stole Bundrick's identity while he was away. They even have ATM pictures to prove it. "It's terrible, it's terrible," said Bundrick.

Terrible because they were Bundrick's neighbors, whom he had hoped to help. "I had briefly taken them to church, he and his wife to church with me several Sundays," said Bundrick. "After several Sundays they went forth and made a profession to Christ, both of them had."  

It started in William Bundrick's mailbox. The thieves knew he was in Alaska, and had been taking his mail. They got his account number, and from there things really got out of hand.

"They were living on, they had bought a vehicle we impounded, even got an apartment, an out-of-state apartment," said Captain Brian Douglas, who helped with the case.

Douglas says investigators used ATM photos to figure out the couple used Bundrick's information to open a credit card and withdraw thousands in cash.
Deputies found the loot hiding in a storage shed the couple was renting. They also say the couple cashed out Bundrick's stocks. "I'm angry at the situation that developed but these people," said Bundrick. "Even though they ripped me off, I feel sorry for them."

Bundrick says next year's Alaska trip looks doubtful, but he'll plow through. And to the people he says took so much, he has something to offer. "The preacher and I met, even had a prayer for them," he said.

Forgiving and diligent, Bundrick spent hours making calls and trying to get his money back. The good news is he should get the cash back, but those stocks are still iffy.

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