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Man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from relative

July 10, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a disabled relative.

Polk County court records say 29-year-old Steven Baker is charged with theft and dependent adult abuse. The records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for him. Baker’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 19.

The Des Moines Register reports that police say Baker moved into his bank account nearly $48,000 of his relative’s money, using $12,500 for payment on a car and spending more of the money on himself.

Authorities say the money had come from the Social Security Administration, and Baker told authorities that he’d gotten Social Security permission to buy the car because it would be used to transport his relative.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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