Man charged with withdrawals from missing wife’s account

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MOBERLY, Mo.- A Missouri man whose wife has been missing for more than a year has been charged with collecting about $8,000 of her Social Security disability benefits after her disappearance.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 75-year-old Lawrence Warfel, of Moberly, was charged last week with financial exploitation of an elderly or disabled person. His bond is set at $25,000. His public defender didn’t immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press.

Penny Warfel had been missing nine months when she was reported missing in June.

Court records say Lawrence Warfel told a Randolph County sheriff’s deputy that his wife left for Florida after an argument.

The records say surveillance showed Lawrence Warfel withdrawing money using his wife’s Social Security debit card after her disappearance and admitted to doing so.
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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.com