Sheriff: 23-year-old steals $100,000 from grandma for heroin

Published: May. 6, 2014 at 7:17 PM CDT
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Gary Michael Gray Jr (Source: EBRSO)
Gary Michael Gray Jr (Source: EBRSO)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A 23-year-old man is being held in the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $100,000 bond after he admitted to deputies that he lied about going to college so his grandmother would write him checks.

According to the probable cause report, an employee at a banking institution for a 74-year-old woman reported numerous checks being cashed by Gary Michael Gray Jr. within a short time frame. The checks totaled more than $100,000. The bank initially notified the FBI who directed them to the Adult Protective Services.

Adult Protective Services reported the theft to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office.

The deputy spoke to the grandmother who said Gray lived with her. She told officials that Gray would need money for college and that she remembers writing some of the checks, but not all of them.

Gray was arrested and admitted to deputies that he would lie to his grandmother to get her to write checks. He also admitted he would cash the checks to purchase heroin and barbital drugs. Gray told deputies he never attended any college or even enrolled in any college.

Gray has been charged with exploitation of the infirm and is being held on a $100,000 bond.

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