Jul 8, 2016 12:15 PM

Nashua man accused of stealing $15,000 from 93-year-old grandmother

NASHUA - A Nashua man is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from his 93-year-old grandmother to support his gambling addiction.

Craig Banuskevich, 44, allegedly stole up to $15,000 by forging his grandmother's checks over to himself.

Kathleen Rafferty, Banuskevich's mother, was a joint holder on his grandmother Lillian Rafferty's account because her dementia left her unable to manage the account herself. Banuskevich claimed to have stolen the check out of his mother's nightstand, police told the Nashua Telegraph.

Court documents show that 16 of Rafferty's checks were written out to Banuskevich over the course of a year between Aug. 2014 and August 2015.

Banuskevich claimed he started paying the money back, in cash, to his mother, but both were unable to provide receipts or any other form of proof, police said.

Banuskevich is being charged with financial exploitation of an elderly, disabled, or impaired adult, and one count of theft by deception.

He is scheduled to be in court on Aug. 3. He is also banned from having any contact with his grandmother.

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