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Sarasota man arrested for stealing thousands from his mother

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SARASOTA COUNTY, FL - Sarasota deputies have arrested 50 year old Michael Dion for draining his mother's bank accounts to fund his $600 a day addiction to pain pills, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Officials say earlier this month, Dion took his 72 year old mother to the bank and asked to withdraw more than $12,000 from her IRA. His mother appeared confused but told bank staff to do whatever her son said, but admitted she did not understand what was going on, detectives said.

The Department of Children and Families worked with detectives who determined that Dion had also made withdrawals from his mother's CD and deposited the money in her account. He has been withdrawing $600 each day since August 15th for a total of $22,800, nearly draining his mother's accounts, authorities said.

Dion admitted he buys and uses more than a dozen Oxycontin and Xanax pills a day and acknowledged that his mother has dementia and doesn't know about his addiction. He's been charged with Exploitation of an Elderly Person and is currently being held on $7,500 bond. 

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