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Kansas man must pay mom’s estate nearly $40K after conviction for mistreating an elder

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A Kansas man was ordered to pay nearly $40,000 in restitution to his mom’s estate after he was convicted of mistreating an elder person.

Matthew A. Hayes, 43, of Hays, was found guilty of mistreatment of an elder person after he pleaded no contest to the felony crime, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a news release.

“Between December 2016 and September 2018, Hayes served as his mother’s power of attorney and used her funds for his personal benefit rather than for her benefit,” Schmidt said.

As part of his plea, Hayes agreed to repay nearly $40,000 to the victim’s estate. Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date.

The attorney general’s office and Ellis County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, which was prosecuted in Ellis County District Court.

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