A Chicago judge set a $250,000 bond for a man who allegedly bilked a mentally disabled senior of $500,000 over a decade.
Ernie Rokosik Jr., 40, appeared in bond court yesterday to faces charges of senior exploitation and felony theft over $100,000.
The victim, 61, had amassed $600,000 through an inheritance from his mother along with savings from his IRA and retirement pension.
In 2001, a Rokosik family member who was considered to be a trusted friend of the family obtained power of attorney over the victim's finances. A release from the Sheriff's office says the victim has the mental capacity of a child and is unable to handle his own finances.
Rokosik Jr. is scheduled to appear in court again on Oct. 22.