Thursday, February 16, 2012

Paula Barker stole thousands of dollars of money from deployed US Marine son while he was fighting in Afghanistan

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. -

An Ormond Beach woman was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of stealing $4,000 from her son -- a U.S. Marine -- while he was deployed in Afghanistan.

Paula Barker, 43, was arrested on charges of fraudulent use of personal identification information.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, Chadwick Barker, who was deployed for more than six months, discovered upon his return home in September that thousands of dollars had been taken from his bank account.

Deputies said Chad Barker suspected his mother of stealing his money, and an investigation was launched.

"I was appalled, shocked and hurt pretty much," Chad Barker said in a phone interview. "I mean what kind of parent does that to their own kid." Read More