Social workers and county authorities are investigating a Plymouth, Minnesota man for possible elder abuse and financial exploitation. David Vanzo’s mother died two weeks ago, but police now believe that on that day, he took his mother’s dead body to the bank in order to withdraw money from her account, then reported her death to authorities seven hours later.
According to MyFoxTwinCities.com, Vanzo denies that he would harm his mother or exploit her in any way.
“My mother and I had an agreement,” he told the TV station. “I took care of my mom for years, I’m the good guy here, not the bad guy.”
Evidence suggests that Vanzo may have taken her body to the bank in a taxi hours before he reported her death to police.
On the day of Caryl Vanzo’s death, her son withdrew $850 from her bank account, wheeling her through the bank lobby in a wheelchair. However, bank employees tell police that the woman’s feet were dragging along the floor and that she did not appear to be breathing.
A neighbor who watched David bundle his mother into the taxi told Fox 9, “I don’t know if she was unconscious, or not alive.”
David Vanzo has been investigated before for elder abuse and financial exploitation of his mother. Social workers visited the home in 2012 and found Caryl able-bodied and lucid. She told authorities she wanted to stay with her son. However, David Vanzo reportedly took out a reverse mortgage in his mother’s name to the tune of $113,000, cash withdrawals totaling more than $70,000.
Mr. Vanzo maintains that his mother was alive at the time of the $850 cash withdrawal and that all of the money he has received came from a joint bank account.
“I love my mother very much,” he said on camera. “I gave my life to keep my mother alive. Look at my eyes.”
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