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

Posted January 18, 2011 12:24 p.m. EST
Updated January 18, 2011 3:08 p.m. EST

— 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.