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Sarasota son accused of taking $20,000 from elderly mother


Published:   |   Updated: October 31, 2013 at 02:56 PM

A 50-year-old man has been charged with taking more than $20,000 from his mother’s bank accounts to support his drug habit, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Dion, of 2728 Forest Knoll Drive, Sarasota, was arrested Wednesday and charged with exploitation of an elderly person. He is being held on $7,500 bond in the county jail.

Earlier this month, Dion took his 72-year-old mother to a bank and asked to withdraw more than $12,000 from her IRA, the sheriff’s office. His mother appeared confused but told bank staff to do whatever her son said, and she admitted she did not understand what was going on.

The Department of Children and Families worked with detectives who determined Dion had also made withdrawals from his mother’s CD and deposited the money in her account, according to the sheriff’s office. He has been withdrawing $600 each day since Aug. 15 for a total of $22,800, nearly draining his mother’s accounts.

Dion, who is unemployed, told detectives that he buys and uses more than a dozen Oxycontin and a few Xanax pills a day, the sheriff’s office said. He also acknowledged that his mother has dementia and doesn’t know about his addiction.

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