Man accused of taking money from his incapacitated mother

Shenandoah County authorities have arrested a Maurertown man on eight counts of exploiting a mentally disabled person for money.

Sgt. Paul Ryman of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said the defendant, Jeffrey Alan Lawhorne, 59, of 772 Saumsville Road, Maurertown, is accused of using his power of attorney to take an unspecified amount of money from his mother, Gertrude Lawhorne.

Jeffrey Lawhorne is also charged with three counts of embezzlement and one count of abuse of an incapacitated adult.

Ryman said the case encompasses offenses committed from March 2013 until June 2014. Gertrude Lawhorne appointed her son power of attorney, a position that gives someone authority to take care of the financial and personal affairs of someone mentally incapacitated.

“Apparently, he took advantage of that position,” Ryman said of Lawhorne.

Ryman said the charge of abuse of an incapacitated adult pertains only to financial transactions between Lawhorne and his mother.

Ryman said the initial report that triggered the investigation came from the Frederick County Department of Social Services.

Ryman said the total amount of money allegedly stolen was well over $1,000.

He said Lawhorne remains in the Rappahannock Shenandoah and Warren County Regional Jail on $10,000 secured bond. Lawhorne’s court date is pending in Shenandoah County Circuit Court.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com