A Dunbar man accused of stealing more than $160,000 from his elderly mother to support his drug habit was arrested.
State Police arrested Thomas Gibson Burger, 54, of 22nd Street Tuesday after he allegedly spent his mother's money on drugs for years.
Burger was responsible for the care of his 88-year-old mother Hilda, who is suffering with the onset of dementia. An Ameriprise Financial account maintained for Hilda Burger's care held $166,085 in December 2007,
Sgt. S.E. Wolfe and Cpl. S.A. Hatten, who investigated the incident, wrote in the complaint that Burger's large number of cash withdrawals from the account have left it depleted.
"The majority of the cash withdrawals have been made to support the defendant's drug addiction," troopers wrote.
Officers said Burger misused about $81,175 of his mother's money from 2007 to July 2011. After that he allegedly coerced his mother into giving him her Power of Attorney then depleted the remaining funds in his mother's Ameriprise Financial account.
Troopers spoke to an Ameriprise Financial advisor and Hilda Burger's family members about the matter and took statements from both Hilda Burger and Thomas Burger.
Thomas Burger was charged with financial exploitation of an elderly person.