Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Man accused of stealing from 93 year old

MANATEE — An Anna Maria man is accused of taking thousands of dollars from a 93-year-old woman by taking account starter checks totaling $7,000 and charging more than $12,000 to a credit card, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

Phi D. Tran, who met the woman when he was working as an oxygen supplier, befriended her and began visiting her on a regular basis, according to reports. The transactions took place a few years ago and Tran told investigators he planned to pay back the money.

The woman’s granddaughter notified authorities about the transactions.

On Monday, Tran posted a $5,000 bond after he was charged with elderly exploitation, forgery and grand theft.

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