Son charged with stealing $109K from blind mom

Richard Dean Barney accused of spending it all at a casino

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (KOIN) – A 55-year-old man is accused of stealing $109,000 from his blind, 94-year-old mother and spending it all at a casino.

Richard Dean Barney allegedly deceived his mother into signing numerous checks over a 3-month period beginning in January 2017, court documents obtained by KOIN 6 News show.

The Klamath County Sheriff's Office confirmed all the money was spent at a casino.

Barney was arrested December 28, 2017 and made his first court appearance the next day. He's charged with 3 counts of aggravated 1st-degree theft and 2 counts of 1st-degree criminal mistreatment.

The Herald and News reported that if convicted, Barney faces up to 10 years in prison on his highest counts. He was ordered held on $25,000 bail. He's scheduled for another court hearing on January 8, 2018.

A booking photo of Barney was not immediately available.


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