Lakewood Ranch father says he emptied his son's bank account

HERALD STAFF REPORTDecember 26, 2013 

MANATEE -- A Lakewood Ranch father and his son are in a dispute regarding a bank account reportedly set up for the son from when he was 2 years old.

The son, who is now 18, went to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office to report that his father is withholding his bank account and funds from him.

At one point, the son had just over $15,000 in the account due to gifts from the dad and others, but he couldn't access it being a minor, the son told the sheriff's office in a report written on Christmas day.

The father told the sheriff's office he emptied the account just before the son's 18th birthday and deposited into his own account at Chase Bank, the report states.

The father was uncooperative during the investigation and stated that he did not want his son to have the money because "he does not make sound judgements."

The son told authorities he never has had access to the money and didn't even know what bank had his account or exactly how much was in it.

The deputy tried to obtain an account number for the son's old account but could not, the report states.

The father said that the money that was in his son's account will go for the son's room and board, the report states.

The deputy told both the son and the father that, for now, their dispute is civil, but fraud charges could be filed, the report states.

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