NE Mom Accused of Misusing Disabled Son’s Money

social_security_fraud(AP) — A 59-year-old northeast Nebraska woman has been accused of misusing nearly $11,600 of her son’s Social Security disability payments.

Margaret Hunt, of Battle Creek, is charged with felony theft by deception and intentional abuse of a vulnerable adult.

The Office of the Inspector General for Social Security says Hunt was not living in Nebraska for several months while her disabled son, 30-year-old Leroy Tomes, was living alone in a trailer in Battle Creek. The office’s report says Tomes was in poor health, had little heat during the winter, and not much food or medicine.

A public phone listing for Hunt couldn’t be found. An attorney for Hunt, Brad Ewalt of Norfolk, declined to comment on Thursday.