A man is facing charges that he stole more than $4,000 from a 93-year-old relative who lives in Lake Worth and suffers from Parkinson’s disease and other cognitive issues, according to an arrest report.
Colby Matheny, 23, allegedly convinced the woman to write checks in his name totaling $4,381 during the final three months of 2015.
A Palm Beach County sheriff’s detective who spoke to the alleged victim wrote in the report that the woman appeared “confused” during an interview and could not name either the year or how many children she had.
The report states that Matheny had the woman write 10 checks ranging between $50 and $1,000 between Oct. 30 and Dec. 18, 2015.
Matheny is facing a charge of exploitation of the elderly of less than $10,000 and was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on Monday after posting a $3,000 bond. The report does not indicate why Matheny, a Lake Worth resident, was not arrested until Monday.
Records show that Matheny was sentenced to nearly five years of probation after being convicted in August 2014 of grand theft and drug charges. Matheny’s probation runs through March 25, 2020.
A relative of Matheny’s told PBSO the man has a history of drug problems.