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Authorities: Wake man might have emptied mother's bank account

Posted January 18, 2011

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— A Wake County man is being investigated after more than $200,000 was taken from his 80-year-old mother, according to a search warrant released Tuesday.

Investigators with the Wake County Sheriff's Office requested the warrant to search Bonita Perry's accounts at Four Oaks Bank after Adult Protective Services tipped authorities off that Perry was being forced to withdraw money and had been left destitute.

Perry became ill last summer, and it left her with diminished mental faculties that allowed her to be pressured and manipulated, investigators said in their application for the search warrant.

Investigators said in the application that they believe Jeffrey Perry, 54, of Lizard Lick Road, forced his mother to give him money on several occasions in recent months, effectively emptying her bank account.

Jeffrey Perry told investigators during a Jan. 6 interview that he had diverted money his mother had given him to pay bills to his personal use.

No charges have been filed in the case.

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  • imdicktrickle Jan 21, 2011

    He's in jail for fraud now.

  • howdiditgettothis Jan 18, 2011

    "how can you blame him" -- you've got to be kidding?

    sounds like you would still from your own elderly mother if you had the chance.

    pathetic.

    this guy is obviously able to work an honest job. why isn't he?

    and why hasn't he been arrested? he's admitted to diverting her money for his personal use......

  • pizno82 Jan 18, 2011

    How can you blame him the economy is bad. His mother didnt need all the money. I bet you the mother gave him the money and somebody else got jealous and said he stole the money

  • news4all Jan 18, 2011

    He has numerous convictions for drugs includes use and selling. He has also been convicted of credit card fraud so I bet he has lots of expierence. Maybe this time they will keep him in jail longer......so that noone else is hurt..My prayers to his mother.

  • Wolfheel Tarpack Jan 18, 2011

    Sorry to say, but the problems will get worse as more of the baby boomers begin to suffer cognitive decline and memory issues. Social Security, Social Services and financial institutions need to demand better checks and balances for elderly. Social Security, especially, should require better financial tracking and reporting between themselves and financial instutions for beneficiaries. If addresses are changed or direct payees are requested in lieu of beneficiaries, they should require more background checking, a bond, proof of no criminal record, use of multiple Social Security numbers for anyone with access to the elderlies accounts. This would help everyone! Our situation had more than $60,000 misdirected over several years including credit cards in the elederly's name. Better tracking means less financial losses for individuals, banks, credit cards and federal programs like Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid.

  • Wolfheel Tarpack Jan 18, 2011

    How can they do this without power of attorney? Well, they tell the older person their running to gtet groceries and don't, but older person forgets. Tell them they need cash for rent and don't pay it and older person gets evicted. Gets access to their ATM card and has snuck around to get the code, then older person wonders why their account is overdrawn. Social security has little security checks for misdirected checks. I could go on based on what our family went through with a derelect.

  • Wolfheel Tarpack Jan 18, 2011

    Curious how they got charges to stick? I had photos, proof, confession to a sheriff and copies of fraudulent inormation> Durham social services "investigated four times" and Durham's Doretta Walker would not pursue! Yes, stealing from one's own mother is the one of the worst crimes, especially leaving them destitute with nothing but two pairs of underwear as to the case I just mentioned. They should force this scum to subsist on moldy bread and water and scrub the prison toilets with a toothbrush.

  • MzBoogie Jan 18, 2011

    wow....how sick can one get to take advantage of mom like that

  • artist Jan 18, 2011

    I hope he has a mean, marine brother with an axe to grind.

  • omgitsme Jan 18, 2011

    What a terrible, ugly, mean, son...This is terrible

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