A mother and daughter were arrested by city police Thursday afternoon, accused of bilking their 93-year-old relative, who has dementia and other ailments, for nearly $21,000.
Police say Robin Lynn Walgrave, 39, and Patience Walgrave, 19, were supposed to be taking care of the younger Walgrave's paternal great-grandfather, said Capt. Rob McKinney.
According to police reports, the Walgraves took the man to several banks so they could cash numerous checks for their own use between April and October. They did so "being fully aware of his dementia," the report states. Police placed into evidence a letter from the man's physician stating his condition. The doctor said his patient "has hypertension, prostate cancer, osteoarthritis, and dementia. He is incompetent to handle his own financial affairs due to his dementia," the letter states.
Robin and Patience Walgrave each face a charge of exploitation of the elderly.
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