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Man Stole Elderly Woman's Funds, Bought Houseboat, Police Say

Police also said the man, who had power of attorney, did not pay the woman's nursing home bill.

A St. Charles County man faces criminal charges after O’Fallon Police said he stole funds from an elderly woman, using the money to buy himself a houseboat.

Ben Huffman, 42, of the 100 block of Lake Village Drive in northwest St. Charles County, was charged with misappropriation of funds of an elderly nursing home resident; stealing more than $25,000, a class B felony; and marijuana possession.

O’Fallon Police said that Huffman, acting with power of attorney, stole more than $25,000 from the woman’s bank account between Dec. 3, 2010 and Aug. 24, 2011. He used the money for personal expenses, including buying a houseboat to live on, police said.

Huffman also was responsible for paying for the woman’s care at the nursing home, but she had an outstanding bill of $17,533 as of Aug. 15, 2011, according to court documents. The nursing home sent him certified letters regarding the bill.

Police also said Huffman tried to grow marijuana plants in the woman’s home.

Bail was set at $25,000, but Huffman was released on his own recognizance.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 29.

For more crime information on St. Charles Patch, see the following articles:

  • St. Charles Man Pleads Guilty to Embezzling Millions from Physician Group

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