FAIRMONT — A Idamay man faces a charge of financial exploitation of an elderly person after he used more than $6,000 of his incapacitated mother’s money for personal use.
W.Va. State Police said an investigation found that from May 4, 2017 through April 2019, 44-year-old Jessy Aric Haught took advantage of his mother’s finances.
According to the court papers, Haught was appointed Power of Attorney May 18, 2016 of his incapacitated 71-year-old mother. As Power of Attorney, he was authorized to access his mother’s bank account and be financially responsible for any debts she had that needed paying.
According to the complaint, Haught’s mother was placed in a nursing and rehabilitation center May 2017 and has accumulated bills for her care at the center that Haught failed to pay by forwarding her deposited Social Security, alimony and pension checks to the center. The complaint states that Haught’s mother’s bills have accumulated as high as $126,035.19 because of Haught not using his mother’s money for her own care.
According to the court papers, a total of $8,519.72 in Social Security checks and alimony/pension checks have been deposited in Haught’s mother’s bank account between May 3, 2017 and Jan. 23, 2019. During the same period of time, Haught has withdrawn $8,474.84 from his mother’s bank account through ATM withdrawals, cashier checks and other other purchases, but has only made four payments totaling $2,080 to the nursing and rehabilitation center for his mother’s care, the complaint states.
According to the court papers, Haught has used approximately $6,394.87 of his mother’s money for personal use by withdrawing that amount from the bank through approximately 50 ATM withdrawals, six cashier check withdrawals, 14 point of sale purchases and one online payment to Frontier, with the majority of the withdrawals in Mannington.
Court records show Haught’s bail of $10,012 was posted and he is out of jail