Green Bay man accused of stealing more than $10,000 from his own mother, spending it on model trains and dating sites
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – A Green Bay man faces up to ten years in prison after allegedly stealing from his mother who has Alzheimer’s disease.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by Local 5, William Dargan, 53, was charged with stealing from his own mother. In January 2022, a Brown County Sheriff’s Office deputy spoke to Adult Protective Services (APS) about possible fraud.
A man was said to be taking “large” sums of money from his mother’s bank accounts. APS received a referral regarding financial issues for an 85-year-old woman. The woman reportedly had Alzheimer’s disease and other medical issues.
The woman was Dargan’s mother, and he previously had a medical and financial power of attorney, but this has been withdrawn. Dargan was accused of taking money from his mother “for a period of time” and it amounted to around $18,000.
Dargan was his mother’s financial agent from October 2013 to April 2021.
The money was reportedly taken from the mother’s account via PayPal and spent on ‘Asiandating.com’. Dargan said he had returned some money to his mother, but it was believed he withheld one of the stimulus payments and repaid her using one of the withheld checks.
Authorities spoke with an employee of the fraud department of the mother’s bank. The complaint says the bank found charges on “www.asiandating.com” and attempted to call the mother about the charges.
Dargan reportedly answered the phone and he admitted the charges were his. The bank employee then referred the matter to Adult Protective Services.
Dargan’s sister also spoke to authorities about her incident over the alleged robbery. Bank statements showed there was a down payment for Dargan’s truck totaling $3,723.17. Car loan payments for Dargan’s truck were reportedly paid through his mother’s checking account.
The lawsuit says Dargan’s sister told him about a $580 check drawn on her mother’s account and addressed to an out-of-state attorney. Dargan said he bought an antique model train at an online auction and the seller was a lawyer.
The sister said Dargan had over $100,000 in antique trains and collected them. An additional $3,000 of his mother’s money was reportedly spent on his train hobby.
There were reportedly multiple PayPal charges to the mother’s account for an estimated total of $17,500. The sister said Dargan could not provide an explanation for the PayPal charges.
The complaint mentions that the mother does not know what PayPal is or how to use one with her age and “severe” dementia.
When authorities reviewed the mother’s bank statements, the first asiandate.com transaction took place in January 2020 and the last in March 2021. A total of 293 transactions were made and reportedly ranged from $2.99 to $96. . The total came to $5,380.30.
Bank statements showed there were 112 PayPal transactions that totaled $15,677.78. The complaint said the total loss on the mother’s checking account was $27,512.44.
Dargan also reportedly repaid the loan on his truck with a check totaling $19,846.93. Authorities say that money came from his mother’s own funds.
At a court hearing on September 22, 2022, the complaint says Dargan’s guardianship over his mother was revoked and he became “disruptive and disrespectful” during the hearing. He would have banged his fist on the table.
It is mentioned that the mother’s living conditions are “almost deplorable”. There are fecal matter in several places and mold is said to be growing in his CPAP machine.
On October 4, Dargan was brought to the sheriff’s office for an interview. Originally Dragna said he would not speak without a lawyer, but ended up speaking after signing a form.
He told authorities he needed a new vehicle and his sister had his credit rating “destroyed” after he co-signed some loans and his sister failed to repay them. He says his mother offered to help him co-sign a car loan and put down a deposit.
Dargan said he was aware of all asiandating.com charges and agreed to reimburse them all. He also agreed that he incurred PayPay charges of around $15,000, most of which was used for his model train hobby.
He told authorities that his mother gave him permission to make each of the PayPayl purchases without reimbursing her.
Dargan is accused of:
- Theft – Business (>$10,000 – $100,000), crime against an elderly or disabled person
- Up to ten years in prison
No additional information was provided, Local 5 will continue to update this story.