- Associated Press - Monday, January 27, 2020

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) - A Scottsbluff man is accused of taking more than $250,000 from his aunt.

Scotts Bluff County Court records say Barry Neal, 48, is charged with felony abuse of a vulnerable adult. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call Monday from The Associated Press. Neal’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

Station KNEB reported that Neal offered to help his aunt when her 91-year-old father died in 2017 and she was named the personal representative of the estate. Neal also obtained a power of attorney to handle her financial matters.

Investigators later discovered that nearly all of the $272,000 received from the estate had been depleted. They found it had been spent at various places, including auto dealers and parts stores, hotels, and on airline tickets and even nail salons. Investigators also found a November 2017 cash withdrawal from the estate for $85,000, which is the same amount Neal used to buy his home in Scottsbluff.

The estate attorney told investigators that the aunt was entitled to all of the estate.

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