After being arrested by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 30-year-old Summersville man is being held in the Texas County Jail on a felony charge of financial exploitation of the elderly.
According to court documents, Matthew C. McVicker was arrested Jan. 29 in Shannon County on a Texas County felony warrant. An investigator with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported that McVicker – a former Mountain View police officer – allegedly bilked his grandmother out of $329,723.38 through a series of fraudulent check transactions.
That agency’s investigation began when a woman reported that between Jan. 19, 2011 and April 16, 2013, McVicker received blank checks from his grandmother to supposedly pay for various items. After becoming concerned about her dwindling finances, family members viewed copies of checks and alerted authorities after discovering they hadn’t been used for their intended purpose.
Based on laws signed in 2012 by Gov. Jay Nixon designed to strengthen protection of elderly and disabled Missouri residents against financial exploitation, McVicker could face a stiff prison sentence if convicted of anywhere from 10 years to life. He is held on $750,000 bail.