Man Accused of Stealing Money from His Mother for Drugs

UPDATE @ 1:40 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man from Dunbar is charged with stealing money from his elderly mother who suffers from dementia.

Tommy Gibson Burger, 55, of Dunbar, was arrested Tuesday and charged with Financial Exploitation of an Elderly Person.

According to the criminal complaint, Burger intentionally misused and squandered money that was allotted for the care of his 88 year old mother.

Police say the victim's account was worth $166,085.67 in December 2007.

Burger is accused of taking large cash withdrawals from the account since 2007, according to the criminal complaint. The account is now depleted.

Police say the majority of the cash withdrawals were used to support Burger's drug addiction.

From 2007 to July 8, 2011 Burger is accused of misusing approximately $81,175.00 of his mother's name, according to the complaint. Police say Burger coerced his mother into giving him Power of Attorney and then depleting the remaining funds in his mother's Ameriprise Financial account.

Burger was arraigned on the charge late Tuesday afternoon in Kanawha County.

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia State Police have arrested a man for stealing money from his elderly mother.

State Police tells Tommy Burger, of Dunbar, was arrested and charged him with Financial Exploitation of an Elderly Person.

Troopers say he stole $200,000 from his mother to support his drug habit.

Burger will be arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court shortly.

We have a crew in the courtroom. Keep clicking on for the latest information.

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