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WEST VALLEY CITY -- A man and his wife are being charged with exploiting the man's elderly mother financially and through neglect.
Salt Lake County Deputy District Attorney Alicia Cook says Corin Barker is facing the exploitation charge because of what he did with his 90-year-old mother Beatrice Barker's bank accounts.
"Back in 2006 Corin Barker was given power of attorney for his parents' financial matters, and he set up a joint checking account with his parents; and their social security checks, their retirement checks and their insurance money was all deposited into this account," said Cook.
Barker's father died, and Cook says the money was supposed to be used to take care of his ailing mother--paying bills and buying food, prescriptions and other necessary medical care. Prosecutors allege of the over $100,000 in that account, Barker spent over $56,000 of it on himself.
Barker's wife Nadine has also been charged with aggravated abuse or neglect of a disabled or elder adult since prosecutors say she was in charge of the elderly woman's care.
Earlier, Barker's daughter-in-law was arrested shortly after Beatrice's death for not properly caring for her. The daughter-in-law had been hired to watch over the woman 24 hours a day.