November 23, 2020

Son arrested, charged with stealing money from elderly father

The Mississippi Attorney General’s office has indicted a Jackson man for allegedly taking nearly $11,000 from his father’s financial accounts.

Robert Earl Trunnell, Jr. was arrested last week after being indicted on felony charges for taking nearly $11,000 from his father’s accounts, Attorney General Jim Hood said.

Trunnell, 41, was entrusted with the care of his father. The indictment states Trunnell stole the money in multiple ways over a nine-month period, including checks, cash, withdrawals, and card transactions. Trunnell is charged with stealing $10,854.66.

He is charged with one count of exploitation of a vulnerable adult and two counts of embezzlement. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by Anita Ray and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Brad Oberhousen, both with the AG’s Public Integrity Division.