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Marshfield man charged with stealing father's money for fake lotteries

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) - Thousands of dollars are gone after police say a Marshfield man stole money from his father's bank accounts.

"There's roughly about $170,000 stolen," said Lt. Rick Gramza of the Marshfield Police Department.

According to court records, Delbert Weiler, 74, took money from his father's bank account for three years ending in 2013. Police say when he was caught, Weiler returned some of the money, but kept the rest.

"It is easy to exploit elderly individuals and to take advantage of them they sometimes make perfect victims," said Gramza.

But police say in one way, Weiler ended up a victim himself.

"We learned that Delbert had become involved in a Nigerian lottery scam where he sent tens of thousands of dollars overseas in hopes of freeing up lottery winnings which never existed," said Gramza.

Records show Weiler sent about $40,000 on the hoax and another in Australia.

"He eventually did come to the realization that it was a scam,” said Gramza. “But at that point he had taken a considerable amount of money from his father without permission."

Police say scams like that are common among people looking to get rich quick.

"He's in his seventies, it could have been that it could have been an act of desperation in an effort to win money that never existed," said Gramza.

But police say the real victim is Weiler's father. Weiler heads to court next month to face his charges.

Weiler has been released from jail on bond. Newsline 9 tried reaching out to him, but he did not return our calls.

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