The Tredyffrin Township man accused of using his power of attorney to bilk an ailing acquaintance was held for trial on charges of theft and receiving stolen property yesterday.

During a preliminary hearing, the attorney for Robert H. Bomersbach, 61, argued that her client did nothing criminal, but Magisterial District Judge John F. Anthony ruled that the arguments should be heard in Chester County Court.

According to police, Rosalie McMahon, whose late husband was Bomersbach's friend, signed a power of attorney for Bomersbach in November 2004 when she was hospitalized. McMahon told police she did not give Bomersbach permission to write himself checks totaling $44,500.

Dolores M. Troiani, Bomersbach's attorney, said Bombersbach was authorized by law to take fees for his services. - Kathleen Brady Shea