Authorities say a Northampton County man stole his 93-year-old uncle's life-savings by using power of attorney to snag at least $217,000.
Scott Lee Bartholomew, 52, of the 100 block of Acker Street in Pen Argyl,, was charged with stealing from his uncle over a six-year period. The fraudulent activity eventually led to the foreclosure of his uncle's home and him being placed in a veterans' home, according to the Lehigh County District Attorney's Office.
The district attorney says the theft was uncovered during an investigation by South Whitehall Township police and the Institute for Protective Services at Temple University.
Officials say they became suspicious of Bartholomew after learning the suspect missed a payment for his uncle's care at Cedar Brook Nursing Home in South Whitehall Township.
From there, authorities say they delved deep into the uncle's finances, at which time they discovered Bartholomew directed money from his uncle's account for his own use. Police say Bartholomew used the money to buy vehicles, pay bills and for various other personal uses.
Bartholomew is facing various theft and forgery charges.