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North Carolina man faces fraud charge for claiming to be son

Police said Gaines convinced older man with dementia that he was man's son

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(LAKANA)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) –  A North Carolina man has been arrested after police said he convinced an elderly man with dementia that he was the man's son and used the relationship fraudulently.

 

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Devontae Gaines, 24, of Hendersonville was charged with obtaining property by false pretenses and exploiting a disabled or elderly person.

 

Police said last October, Gaines convinced a man, 74, suffering from dementia, that the older man helped raise Gaines when he was a child. The two had never met.

 

Warrants stated that because of the false relationship, Gaines was able to obtain $300 and another $93 in goods and services at a gas station.

 

It was not known if Gaines has an attorney.