Bank Account Emptied

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An 87-year-old heartland man believes he was robbed of thousands of dollars by someone he trusted to help pay his bills. The alleged thief is an employee of the Omaha Housing Authority.

To protect his identity, we are not naming the 87-year-old World War II veteran. He is recovering from a recent illness, but says he is even sicker over the thousands of dollars missing from his bank account.

Recently, the man asked an employee at his home in OHA's Jackson Towers to help him get some money out of his account.

"You have to have money. I have to pay bills like everybody else," the man said. "I took her to the bank with me. I needed some money to pay some bills."

But instead of helping him, the man believes this woman helped herself.

"There's obviously concern when there's an allegation like this that a tenant has lost money or anything that would be abuse to the tenant," says OHA Director Brad Ashford.

In fact, right after he gave the employee his personal banking information, about $8,000 was missing from the resident's account.

OHA filed a police report and began an internal investigation.

"We protected their ATM card, and we're helping them in that regard," Ashford said. "The matter has been turned over to the police division obviously for a criminal investigation."

The resident hopes to see his money again. He says most of it was savings.

"It's all pension money--what I saved up--all my pension," he said.

According to the police report, a Jackson Towers site manager is under investigation for suspicion of fraud.

OHA says it will do what it can to make this situation right for the resident. But before that can happen, police have to figure out exactly what went on, and if the money can be recovered.


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