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Prescott mother, son accused of stealing from elderly man's bank accounts

A Prescott mother and son appeared in Pierce County Court last week on charges they stole money from an elderly man living in a nursing home.

Susan J. Hood, 63, 1505 Glenridge Drive, was charged with theft in a business setting (special facts) for allegedly taking money from her father-law’s bank accounts. Her son, Anthony E. Hood, 33, 395 Gibbs St., was charged with theft in a business setting (special facts), party to a crime.

Both crimes are Class H felonies and carry maximum penalties of a $10,000 fine or imprisonment of up to six years.

Susan Hood was released on $3,500 signature bond, and her preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 14. Anthony was released on $3,000 signature bond, and his preliminary hearing is set for Oct. 10.

According to information provided by a Pierce County social worker, the 92-year-old man has been in the Prescott nursing home since June 2011. Susan Hood was formerly married to his son, and the older man’s health care directive named her his primary health care agent.

“It appears from the documentation from (the bank), and Sue Hood’s information received from Prescott Nursing and Rehab that Sue Hood has been misusing funds available for the cost of care to pay herself or her son, Anthony ‘Tony’ Hood,” claimed the social worker.

According to the social worker’s statement, Susan has been handling the man’s financial matters, paying for nursing home care and some pharmacy bills. The statement says Susan added funds to his bank accounts and has been making payments to the nursing home, but his bill is past due by $21,891.

Information in the complaint indicates that from January 2011 to February 2012, Susan Hood received $5,200 from the man’s account.

Anthony allegedly received $3,815 from the accounts, and there was a wire transfer of $1,400 to him from Susan. The complaint says his mother also said she paid $3,000 to $4,000 from two savings accounts to her son, who is in the process of foreclosure.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.