SOUTHINGTON - A former Southington man who withdrew about $64,000 from his elderly motherâ€™s bank account, using ATMs at the stateâ€™s two casinos, has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.
David DeLuco, 62, was handed down the sentence last week in New Britain Superior Court. He pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to one count of first-degree larceny - a felony.
DeLuco was sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspended after service of 30 months, and five years of conditional discharge.
According to the warrant for his arrest, DeLuco visited the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos hundreds of times between 2013 and 2016. During the visits, police said, he withdrew $64,084 from a bank account belonging to his mother, who was residing in Southington at the time.
The warrant said DeLuco had served as the womanâ€™s caregiver, and that he shared the role of power of attorney of his mother with his brother, who reported everything to police on Jan. 2, 2018. The brother told police his mother was bankrupt after the withdrawals, and that he was forced to apply for Title 19 benefits for her to get the care she needed.
DeLucoâ€™s brother first became aware of what was going on when the Protective Services for the Elderly Unit, of the Department of Social Services, contacted him and made him aware of a neglect complaint. The agency reported that a physical therapist who was treating the elderly woman was told by DeLuco that he would be imprisoned for six months and that he had no plan for anyone to take care of his mother while he was gone, the warrant said. During this investigation, an examination of the elderly womanâ€™s finances was conducted - which turned up the ATM withdrawals at the casinos.
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