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


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.