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Man charged with criminal neglect allegedly took mom to bank hours before her death


A 57-year-old Plymouth man was charged with criminal neglect and financial exploitation after he wheeled his unresponsive mother into a local bank to make a withdrawal hours before reporting her dead.

The Hennepin County attorney’s office charged David John Vanzo with two counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and one count each of criminal neglect and attempted theft by swindle.

Vanzo was arrested on Thursday in Pomona, Calif., where he awaits extradition to Minnesota. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said the case is one of the first felony criminal neglect cases his office has prosecuted since the Legislature enacted harsher punishments for the crime three years ago. “The horrible way he treated his mother is exactly why we wanted the upgraded charge and tougher penalty,” Freeman said.


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