CENTERVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – A Centerville man is guilty of stealing from his own mother.
Robert Gibson, 51, pleaded no contest to theft from an elderly or disabled adult. The judge found him guilty Friday.
Prosecutors say Gibson was the co-power of attorney over his mother’s financial affairs.
They say he began taking money from his mother in 2007 in various ways including transferring cash to his accounts, using her debit cards and writing checks from her account.
The other co-power of attorney discovered the missing money and filed a complaint.
“Every person who has a power of attorney over someone else’s assets has a duty to protect that person’s assets on their behalf and must recognize the funds still belong to the other person,” said Prosecutor Mat Heck. “The power of attorney must act in the best interests of the other person and is not entitled to use the money for their own needs.”
Prosecutors say Gibson will be ordered to pay more than $150,000 in restitution when he is sentenced September 24.