Cop Charged with Stealing Thousands from Elderly Mother

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas City, Mo., police sergeant is accused of stealing more than $75,000 from his 67-year-old mother while she was in a nursing home.

Sgt. Mark Stinson, 43, has been charged with misappropriating funds from the elderly nursing home resident. He is a 17-year veteran of the Kansas City Police Department.

Platte County Prosecuting Attorney Eric Zahnd said the case against Stinson was filed July 2, following an intensive investigation by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

According to court documents, Stinson was given the authority to control his mother’s financial affairs pursuant to a Durable Power of Attorney she signed in July 2004, following the death of her husband.

"We ought to be able to expect police officers to follow the law. In this case not only sadly do we allege that a police officer broke the law, but that he did so by stealing money from his own mother," said Zahnd.

Stinson, when approached by the media outside of the Platte County Courthouse on Tuesday, directed all questions to his attorney, who has not responded to FOX 4's request for comment.

Over a two-year period beginning in 2008, authorities allege Stinson utilized his mother’s money when his personal expenses exceeded his income.  Stinson allegedly wrote checks totaling $66,390 payable to himself or to cash and distributed more than $9,600 for personal expenses. He allegedly used $5,300 of his mother’s money for car repairs.

During the same period, Stinson allegedly stopped paying his mother’s rent payments at The Gardens at Barry Road, where she was a resident. She was evicted in March 2011 for not paying her residential fees.

The Gardens allegedly attempted to contact Stinson regarding payment from November 2010 to March 2011 but received no response from him. She is still liable for more than $12,000 to The Gardens and more than $9,000 to Uvanta Pharmacy.

Zahnd says that Stinson's mother is now living with another family member and is doing well.

If convicted, Stinson faces up to four years in prison. He is expected to surrender himself on the arrest warrant and post a $10,000 bond.

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