Man Accused Of Stealing Over $16,000 From Dying Man

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A pastor of a St. Paul church, from Roseville, was accused of stealing $16,321.69 from a 78-year-old man whom he was friends with.

Gregory Maurice Oats, 31, is being charged with four felony counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult, according to the Pioneer Press.

According to the Pioneer Press, Oats stole from a man who had Parkinson's disease, diabetes, paranoid schizophrenia, and was wheelchair-bound. However, the Star Tribune actually named the man, Vernon Rollins, and claimed he also suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

Both the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune attribute the criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court which states that Oats began as a care agent on health issues for Rollins on October 8, 2009 and he gained control of Rollins' finances on February 16, 2010.

In June, 2010 Oats put Rollins in a nursing home and had full control of his bank account, which led to "suspicious withdrawls" amounting to $16,321.69 which consisted of 130 cash withdraws and random purchases at various retailers, according to the Pioneer Press.

Oats also failed to pay for Rollins' bill at the nursing home from July, 2010 to March, 2011, which amounted to $12,990 and almost resulted in Rollins' eviction, according to the Pioneer Press.

Whereas the Pioneer Press relied solely on the criminal complaint, the Star Tribune utilized other sources.

The Star Tribune contacted Rollins' daughter, Rachel Rollins, who told the Star Tribune that she thought Oats was a good guy and especially a good friend to her dad, but then got suspicious.

The Star Tribune also talked to Carmen Castaneda of the Hennepin County Adult Protection Services, which is the agency that Rollins' daughter had called about Oats' activity.

Also, the Star Tribune looked into previous court records and found that Oats and his wife had filed for bankruptcy in December, 2009 with $43,000 in debts and not even $10,000 in assets. This was ten weeks before Oats had begun controlling Rollins' finances, the Star Tribune noted.

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