Man accused of financially exploiting mom before her death

Published 10:24 am Friday, March 18, 2016

PLYMOUTH — A 57-year-old Plymouth man has been arrested after authorities say he took his mother into a bank to make a withdrawal hours before reporting her dead.

David John Vanzo is charged with two counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and one count each of criminal neglect and attempted theft by swindle. The Star Tribune reports Vanzo was arrested Thursday in California.

A criminal complaint says Vanzo and his 90-year-old mother went to a bank branch office Jan. 5, 2015, and he withdrew $850 from her account. The complaint says witnesses said she was slumped over in wheelchair, unresponsive and dragging her feet as Vanzo pushed her chair.

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Vanzo is accused of withdrawing about $260,000 from his mother’s accounts and a reverse mortgage after taking over her finances.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Vanzo has an attorney.