DULUTH, Ga. — A local family is speaking out after their elderly mother lost her home and all her money, but died before the case ever went to trial.
The woman's son has been in the Gwinnett County Jail for nearly two years, accused of stealing nearly $400,000.
"She was devastated. She could not understand why she had to leave her home," Nan Roberts told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh. Roberts said her mother-in-law suffered through her final days.
"She was terrorized," Fred Roberts said about his mother, Phyllis Roberts.
Duluth police said Phyllis Roberts was financially wiped out by another of her sons, Steven Lee Roberts.
Investigators said Steven Lee Roberts gave himself power of attorney, took close to $400,000 and took off to California.
"She never could comprehend that the money was gone," Nan Roberts said.
The family said she saved her entire life to afford the care required to die at home. She passed away in a nursing home.
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