A Pawnee City man has been charged with stealing more than half a million dollars from his elderly uncle.
The Nebraska State Patrol reports a five-month investigation led to the arrest of 55-year-old Lewis D. Rakosnik without incident at his uncle’s home in Pawnee City. Rakosnik is charged with knowing and intentional abuse of a vulnerable adult.
The patrol states that a friend of the uncle contacted Rakosnik about a year ago, asking that he care for his uncle who was ill. Rakosnik moved into his uncle’s home. He was given durable power of attorney.
Authorities accuse Rakosnik of selling land, cashing out certificates of deposits and transferring money from his uncle’s bank account, liquidating more than $600,000.
Rakosnik has been incarcerated in the Johnson County jail.