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Man accused of stealing from father to play Nigerian lottery


MARSHFIELD, Wis (WSAU) A Marshfield man is accused of stealing money from his elderly father. The money was spent on internet scam -- including the Nigerian lottery, a notorious on-line hoax.

74-year-old Delbert Weiler was given control of his 96-year-old father's finances in 2010. Police received an anonymous complaint from a woman who suspected that the father was being taken advantage of.

Prosecutors have charged Weiler with felony theft from a business setting. He'd claimed his father gave him a gift of $30,000, and that he took another $6,000 from the account as a fee for work he'd done. More than $54,000 is missing.

Weiler told police he thought he could take the money because he had power of attorney. He says between $30,000 and $40,000 was spent playing lottery-like games on-line in Nigeria and Australia.