Mass. man accused of using elderly woman’s ATM card to gamble
Sparrow-Meade died on Dec. 5 at age 84. She died the same week Hughes was indicted in Rockingham County.
He allegedly drained funds from the woman’s bank account between March 9, 2009, and January 16, 2010, making about 100 withdrawals while she was living at a Lowell, Mass., nursing home, according to prosecutors.
But Judge N. William Delker concluded that jurors will need a full picture about his alleged behavior in order to properly decide his guilt or innocence.
Sparrow-Meade’s nephew became power of attorney in 2009, and realized by January 2010 that Hughes had withdrawn thousands of dollars from the account from ATMs in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
Delker has ruled against prosecutors being able to use Sparrow-Meade’s statements to investigators saying she did not authorize Hughes to withdraw money for his own use.
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