Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Cops: Man Abused POA To Drain Widowed 86-Year Old Mom's Bank Account, Selling Her House & Leaving Her Facing Eviction From Nursing Home Over Nonpayment Of $40K In Rent

In Richmond County, Georgia, The Augusta Chronicle reports:
  • An Augusta man accused of emptying his elderly mother’s bank account was arrested and released a day later on bond.

    John B. Weigle Jr., 52, was booked into the Richmond County jail [] on a charge of exploitation of an elderly or disabled person. He was released on a $27,700 bond [the following day].

    Weigle [...] came to the attention of the sheriff’s office in November when Weigle’s siblings brought forward their suspicions that he was taking advantage of their 86-year-old mother.

    She was placed in a nursing home four years ago and Weigle received sole power of attorney, about a year after her husband died. Although she received monthly pension payments that should have been enough to live on, the woman called her daughter in August to say she would be moving in with Weigle because she had no money, the incident report stated. According to property records, her home was sold in 2013 for $240,000.

    The siblings had the power of attorney transferred. One daughter soon after received a call from the mother’s nursing home saying the elderly woman was being evicted for nonpayment and that it was owed $40,000. She received another call from a pharmaceutical company saying it was stopping delivery of her mother’s medications because of nonpayment.

    According to the incident [report], the victim’s son-in-law pulled the her bank records and discovered Weigle had been withdrawing money for his own benefit.

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