Chicago Cop Accused of Stealing from Ailing Father

Prosecutors say the Chicago officer stole thousands from his father

By Lacey McCraney
|  Thursday, Jun 30, 2011  |  Updated 8:10 AM CDT
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Cook County prosecutors say a Chicago Police officer stole $50,000 from his elderly father while he battled dementia and Parkinson's Disease.

Joseph Simpson, Jr., 37, is charged with theft, fraud and financial exploitation of the elderly after authorities claim he used 15 checks from his father, Joseph Simpson Sr., to pay off bills.

Prosecutors also say Simpson, Jr. repeatedly impersonated his father in hopes of withdrawing the man's retirement savings, totaling more than $100,000.

Lawyers found out about the alleged crimes when bills from ManorCare Health Services in Westmont went unpaid. Simpson Sr. was placed there because of his "severely impaired" state and later died there, according to the Sun-Times.

The younger Simpson was ordered held in lieu of $40,000 bail after he turned himself in Wednesday.

He has been relieved of his police powers pending the outcome of the case.

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