A Minnesota man was charged March 17 with stealing all of his 90-year-old mother’s money and then neglecting her until she died.
Authorities arrested David Vanzo after they found him still living off his mother’s money at her home after she had died of dehydration, malnutrition and neglect, Fox News reports.
He was allegedly watching pornography on the computer they shared when his mother passed away, covered in feces and urine.
Police are charging Vanzo with financially exploiting an adult and he is being held on a $500,000 bond.
He allegedly cheated his mother out of $250,000. Only a few hours before her death, Vanzo took his mother to the bank so he could withdraw $850 under her name.
Bank employees say she was in poor condition, wasn't moving, and that they could not tell if she was breathing.
She may have passed away shortly after the bank visit, as police estimate she had been dead four to six hours before they arrived.
In addition, he blew $100,000 of his mother’s money in two months and was also taking from her retirement funds.
Police say he was his using his mother’s money toward sports gambling. He was also allegedly encouraging women to perform sex acts on Skype as a “sugar daddy.”
“The Plymouth Police Department is pleased and relieved to know that David Vanzo is in custody and will face prosecution for the felonious crimes he committed against his elderly mother,” Police Chief Mike Goldstein said, Star Tribune reports. “Mr. Vanzo took advantage of his mother’s ailing health and systematically robbed her of her assets, and in my opinion, of her dignity as well. His actions were outright despicable.”
Authorities are pushing for a harsh sentence.
“The horrible way he treated his mother is exactly why we wanted the upgraded charge and tougher penalty,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said.