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Pasco man accused of draining elderly woman's funds

NEW PORT RICHEY — The man in charge of a 91-year-old woman's finances drained her bank account of $18,000 and charged $6,000 on her credit card, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.

Donald R. Stewart, 61, was arrested Thursday and is charged with exploitation of the elderly. Stewart was a friend of the victim's late boyfriend, a report states.

The woman has Alzheimer's and has been in a nursing home since July. Stewart, who has durable power of attorney for the woman's estate, lives in her Magnolia Valley home in New Port Richey.

Authorities say he used her money to pay his own bills, such as electricity and cable.

Stewart (pictured, lower right) remained Friday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Pasco man accused of draining elderly woman's funds 12/18/09 [Last modified: Friday, December 18, 2009 4:35pm]
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