HOLIDAY — The victim is 62 and has the mental awareness of a kindergartener. His mother took care of him. After she died in 2006, her friend took him in. But then she died in 2007.
The friend's son, Broderick C. Dobarganes, became the next caregiver.
According to authorities, Dobarganes used that position of trust to abuse and steal from the mentally challenged man, who can't cook or care for himself.
Dobarganes was arrested Tuesday on a charge of exploitation of a disabled adult. An investigator for the Florida Department of Children and Families received a tip in November about the victim, whom the Times is not naming.
A Pasco County Sheriff's Office report says all of the money the victim's mother left him is gone and that Dobarganes stole the man's Social Security checks totaling more than $13,000.
"Mr. Dobarganes would use (the victim's) money for drugs and did not pay the bills," the report said.
Dobarganes allegedly locked the man "in a room for weeks at a time with just a bag of candy" for food.
Records show they were evicted from their home — which appears to have been the victim's mother's home — in Orangewood Lake Mobile Home Park in New Port Richey in April. They moved to a place on Beacon Square Drive in Holiday and, according to the Sheriff's Office, were evicted for not paying the rent. When the DCF investigator found Dobarganes and the man in late November, they were living in a mobile home at 1908 Rally Lane in Holiday. They were in the process of being evicted again, the report said.
The mentally challenged man now has a new caretaker, according to the report.
This is Dobarganes' second arrest in Florida. His first was a charge of larceny in Pasco County in 1988, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. His current address is 5825 Dasher Court in Port Richey, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Dobarganes was released from the Land O'Lakes jail Wednesday on $5,000 bail.
Times researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this story. Erin Sullivan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 869-6229.