A Santa Rosa man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing $100,000 from his wife’s grandfather’s bank account, a Sonoma County sheriff’s sergeant said. Paul Tart, 29, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of grand theft and fiduciary elder theft, Sgt. Mike Rausch said. He posted $15,000 bail and was released from Sonoma County Jail. Rausch said Tart admitted he took the money from the 97-year-old victim’s bank account to support his prescription drug addiction.
The elderly man went to the sheriff’s office on Sept. 2 to report that his checking account had been overdrawn for an unknown reason, Rausch said. Detective Sal Borruso learned that Tart had obtained power of attorney of his wife’s grandfather without her knowledge. Over the course of a few months, Tart withdrew more than $100,000 from the victim’s account, Rausch said. Detectives searched Tart’s house on Saturday and recovered evidence that included forged documents and canceled checks, Rausch said.
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