A Plymouth man who wheeled his unresponsive mother into a local bank to make a withdrawal hours before reporting her dead has been extradited from California and appeared in court Wednesday.
Hennepin County District Judge Daniel Mabley set David John Vanzo’s bail at $1 million.
Vanzo, 57, was booked into the Hennepin County jail Tuesday after being extradited from California, where he was arrested in March.
The Hennepin County attorney’s office charged Vanzo in March with two counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and one count each of criminal neglect and attempted theft by swindle.
According to the criminal complaint: In January 2015, Vanzo and his 90-year-old mother entered a Wells Fargo branch office, where he withdrew $850 from his mother’s account. The woman was slumped over in her wheelchair, unresponsive and dragging her feet as Vanzo pushed the chair, witnesses said.
Six hours later, Vanzo called Plymouth police to report his mother’s death. Officers found her on a soiled bed, still in a coat and boots. A medical examiner who said she was covered in feces and painful bed sores was unable to determine if she would have been alive at the bank.
Vanzo began living with his mother in 2007 and was given power of attorney over her finances in 2012. Until her death, Vanzo allegedly withdrew about $260,000 from her accounts and a reverse mortgage and spent the money on gambling and women.