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Relative suspected of 'cleaning out' dementia patient's bank account

Police in Wheatfield plan to question the relative of an elderly dementia patient after her bank account was recently "cleaned out" of more than $25,000.

The victim's granddaughter contacted authorities last week after learning of the missing money. She told investigators that her grandmother resides in a Niagara Falls Boulevard health care facility, and that only she and her cousin have access to the bank account, in order to pay the grandmother's bills and purchase groceries. She told police that she recently noticed that the balance in the account had dropped from more than $28,000 to barely $3,000.

A check of the account's records showed numerous recent purchases of hotel rooms, movie tickets and restaurant meals, as well as withdrawals at local casinos and ATM machines, according to police reports. Many of the transactions took place in the Williamsville area, where the relative in question resides, police said.

The case was turned over to the sheriff's Criminal Investigation Bureau for additional investigation.

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