Posted: May 5, 2014 11:28 PM by Ryan Naquin
Updated: May 6, 2014 12:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities accused a man of swindling more than $100,000 out of his 74-year-old grandmother and then blowing it on drugs.
Gary Michael Gray Jr., 23, is charged with exploitation of the infirm.
Investigators said Gray would harass his grandmother into writing checks for him. The elderly woman told police Gray claimed he needed money for school. She said she remembers writing some of the checks, but not all of them.
In March, an employee at the elderly woman's bank noticed the excessive amounts being withdrawn and brought the matter to the Department of Health and Humans Services Adult Protection's attention. The agency then turned evidence over to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.
Deputies say Gray admitted to lying to his grandmother and that he had never attended college nor enrolled in any college. Gray told investigators he would cash the checks and buy heroin and barbital drugs, according to the arrest report. Authorities believe he took more than $137,000 from his grandmother's account, and said he admitted to spending more than $100,000 of it.
Gray was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $100,000 bail.
Editor's note - A prior version of this story used an affidavit which erroneously stated Gray stole more than $1,000,000. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office has since corrected the affidavit to $100,000.