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Son accused of taking thousands from mom

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By: Brittany Paris

Sheriff Terry Wagner said the victim is a 69-year-old woman in Roca.

Wagner said Brian Robinson, 45, and his ex-wife, Carla Robinson, 39, depleted his mom's bank account, leaving her with about $10,000.

Between April 2011 and February of this year, the sheriff said the couple stole a total $156,000.

"Included in those expenses was the divorce settlement, child support," Wagner said. "Just normal living expenses. Tanning salons, school lunches."

And Wagner adds, cosmetic surgery.

He said a friend of the woman noticed the account was missing money and notified authorities. After spending five months investigating, the sheriff said cases like this are hard to prove.

"We need to make sure that the victim didn't give permission," Wagner said. "Especially when we're talking about family members, that the victim didn't give permission to use that money."

Neighbors in the small community said they know Robinson and his mother well. They said the three moved into the Roca house about a year ago. It was sold on Sunday and neighbors are shocked to hear what happened.

"If you can do that to your own family members, you got some issues," Justin Powell, neighbor, said. "It's terrible though."

Sheriff Wagner said there are guidelines for what a power of attorney can spend the money on, and Robinson and his ex violated those rules.

"Unfortunately, the money's gone. I mean, it's not recoverable," Wagner said.

Brian and Carla Robinson were arrested for felony theft and abuse of a vulnerable adult. Both suspects have been released from jail.

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