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Ruskin man accused of abusing, defrauding his mother

RUSKIN — A 44-year-old man was arrested Monday night, accused of defrauding his mother and neglecting her while acting as her caretaker, deputies said.

Edward Roberson of 414 NE 15th St. took $2,000 of his mother's money using her credit card and checking account between Oct. 13 and Feb. 4, according to an arrest affidavit.

He claimed to have his mother's power of attorney, but the form he filled out in 2004 was not signed by his mother or approved by any court, deputies said.

Roberson claimed to be a client of the Rosenkranz law firm in Tampa, which specializes in elderly care, but the firm denied working with him, the affidavit states.

The Department of Children and Families got involved to determine how Roberson was caring for his mother. The affidavit states that investigators found the woman bleeding with bedsores.

DCF agents said Roberson did not bathe her for weeks at a time. She was removed from his home and is in DCF care.

Roberson was arrested Monday on charges of elderly adult neglect, exploitation of an elderly adult and resisting an officer after he refused to be handcuffed.

He was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail, where he remains in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Ruskin man accused of abusing, defrauding his mother 03/02/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 11:01pm]
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