Mason & Helmers
We Welcome Your Call
  • Phone 651-323-2548
  • Toll Free 877-389-5533

Drug habit led man to steal thousands from his mother

Twin Cities readers have likely seen some pretty despicable stories about the financial exploitation of vulnerable adults. Many of these stories involve tactics of coercion employed by someone in a position of trust. Almost universally, the exploiter steals away the life savings of a senior citizen and spends it for his or her own benefit.

The most tragic cases of financial exploitation tend to be those involving family members of the victim. Theft from a loved one in support of a drug habit, as was the case in one recent story, may represent the worst case scenario of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

Police investigators say that a drug-addicted son plundered more than $80,000 in cash withdrawals from his own mother's bank accounts between 2007 and 2011. When his drug habit left the bank account depleted, police say that the man coerced his mother into granting him financial power of attorney. He then turned to his mother's investment account and bled it dry.

Police charged the son with criminal financial exploitation of an elderly person, but that will do little to provide for his mother's well being throughout the later years of her life. Police have questioned family members about the incident, but an outside observer can only wonder how such a travesty could have go on unnoticed for years.

Minnesotans have heard it before, but sad news stories continue to emphasize the importance of staying involved with the financial affairs of an elderly loved one. Although this recent story comes out of South Carolina, anyone who has reason to suspect that a loved one or family member may be the victim of financial exploitation needs to be aware that fast action can be taken to end exploitation and preserve the property necessary to support an elderly family member's golden years.

Source: Charleston Daily Mail, "Man accused of stealing from 88-year-old mother to support drug habit," Sept. 18, 2012

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

For Assistance with Estate Disputes & Other Matters, Contact Us

To learn more about the firm and how we can assist you,
contact Mason & Helmers in St. Paul, Minnesota. Call 651-323-2548 or 877-389-5533 (toll free) to set up an appointment.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review
rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.

Contact Our Attorneys

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response
Mason & Helmers

Mason & Helmers
332 Minnesota Street
Suite W-3070
St. Paul, MN 55101

Toll Free: 877-389-5533
Phone: 651-323-2548
St. Paul Law Office Map