Police: Man bilked money from grandmother for drugs _lowres

Gary Gray

A Baton Rouge man is in jail after conning his 74-year-old grandmother — whom he was living with — into writing more than $100,000 worth of checks that he used to buy heroin and barbiturates, according to arrest documents.

Gary Michael Gray, 20, 16465 Strain Road, was booked in Parish Prison on April 23 on a count of exploiting the infirm as well as previous counts of possession of illicit drugs and domestic abuse.

The affidavit of probable cause said an employee of the bank where Gray’s grandmother kept her money flagged a series of suspicious checks written within a short period of time. That employee alerted the FBI which then alerted the office of Adult Protective Services, an arm of the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals, according to the affidavit.

Adult Protective Services found evidence that Gray was using the money her to buy drugs and on March 24 turned over its findings to the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.

A detective with the Sheriff’s Office interviewed the grandmother, who is taking medications for depression, and learned that she was writing Gray checks, believing his explanation that he needed the money for school, according to the affidavit.

The detective interviewed Gray on April 23 and he admitted to the detective that he harassed his grandmother, whom he knew was on medication, to write the checks, which he would then use to buy drugs, according to the affidavit.

He also told the detective that he never attended or enrolled in school during this time.