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Utah Attorney General’s Office Files Charges Against Man for Allegedly Taking Money from His Elderly Mother’s Finances

November 12, 2020

Today, the Utah Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit filed charges against a man for allegedly taking money illegally from his elderly mother’s finances to purchase guns and gun-related gear.

Michael A. Verbeck, 57, was charged with Abuse, Neglect, or Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult, a third-degree felony. The charges allege that Verbeck unjustly or improperly used his elderly mother’s power of attorney for the profit or advantage of someone other than his elderly mother.

From January 5, 2019 to February 18, 2020, Verbeck allegedly made 362 transactions from the bank account of his 78-year-old mother. Verbeck was granted power of attorney over his mother in June 2019. These transactions included transferring money to his own account and making purchases such as guns, ammunition, and gun-related gear.

The money transferred from the mother’s account to his own or purchases not for the benefit of his mother, totaled approximately $79,919.