Thursday, May 8, 2014 | 5 p.m.
A North Las Vegas man will spend one to four years behind bars for stealing from a 71-year-old woman, a judge ruled on May 1.
A jury found Michael Dybus guilty of grand larceny and forgery in July 2013, according to court records.
Dybus, 43, met the victim at the Silver Nugget in North Las Vegas, according to an Attorney General's Office press release.
Dybus stole jewelry and money from the victim while she was away from home having heart surgery.
The woman confronted him and he wrote her a check from a closed account, the release said.
In addition to serving time, Clark County District Judge Jerome Tao ordered Dybus to pay $2,500 in restitution to the victim, according to court records.
The Attorney General’s Office investigated the case after a complaint was filed with the office.
The case originally went to the District Attorney's Office, but the office decided not to pursue charges, according to court records.
“Dybus intentionally targeted an elderly woman and stole from her while she was in the hospital undergoing heart surgery,” Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said in a statement. “My office will continue to hold unscrupulous criminals accountable who steal from innocent people.”