Man accused of taking money from elderly widow

SAPD: Stephen Lawson stole $200,000 from 88-year-old ‘friend’

A man in his 60s was arrested by San Antonio police Thursday on charges that he stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from an elderly widow.

SAPD Public Information Officer Sandy Gutierrez said 67-year-old Stephen Lawson was arrested at his home in Universal City Thursday afternoon and hit with three felony charges, including theft by deception.

Investigators believe he conned his way into his victim's bank account.

Lawson's victim is 88 years old. Last year, her husband died, leaving her to handle all of their finances alone.

Before the husband died, he told his wife to add Lawson to their bank account so he could help her handle the money and pay bills.

Instead of helping the victim, Lawson is accused of helping himself to the cash, making two large withdrawals.

On July 21, 2012, Lawson allegedly took out more than $175,000 in cash from the woman's credit union account.

Two days later, on July 23, Lawson reportedly took out nearly $29,000 dollars from the same account.

Those large withdrawals tipped of bank employees who alerted the victim and opened up the investigation.

Investigators believe Lawson simply took advantage of a woman he's known for 20 years.

"They have been friends for years and he was able, through that friendship, to convince her to be able to put him on her account," Gutierrez said. "Thus giving him access entirely to that account wiping her out of almost $200,000."

Lawson is charged with three felonies.

Because his victim is elderly, those charges will be enhanced, which could mean more time in jail if he's convicted.


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