Bloomington man charged with stealing thousands of dollars from his father
BLOOMINGTON (25 News Now) - McLean County prosecutors have charged a Bloomington man with financial exploitation of the elderly for allegedly stealing $15,000 or more from his father.
Matthew Stewart, 52, was still in the McLean County Jail Tuesday night. He has to post $5,000 cash to be released.
Bloomington Police said a warrant was issued for Stewart’s arrest on September 15, and he was taken into custody Sunday.
The charges allege Stewart “knowingly and by deception obtained control” of at least $15,000 from his father in 2019. The victim was older than 70, according to court filings.
The financial exploitation charge is a Class 1 felony carrying a prison sentence of up 15 years if he’s convicted.
Stewart is represented by a public defender, according to the McLean County Circuit Clerk’s office.
His next court appearance is scheduled for October 14.
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