EAST BATON ROUGE, La. (WGNO) – He said he needed money for school, but this 23-year-old from Baton Rouge never enrolled in college. Instead he cashed his grandmother’s checks and bought more than $100,000 worth of heroin and other drugs.
Gary Michael Gray Jr. is charged with exploitation of the infirm.
Investigators say Gray would harass his 74-year-old grandma into writing checks for him. She told police she remembers writing some checks for his college tuition, but not all of them.
In March, an employee at the elderly woman’s bank noticed the excessive amounts being withdrawn and brought the matter to the Department of Health and Humans Services Adult Protection’s attention. The agency then turned evidence over to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, reports WBRZ.
Deputies say Gray told investigators he would cash the checks and buy heroin and barbital drugs, according to the arrest report. Authorities believe he took more than $137,000 from his grandmother’s account, and said he admitted to spending more than $100,000 of it.
Gray was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on a $100,000 bail.