Man accused of stealing $900,000 from aunt

April 9, 2011 8:41:02 PM PDT
A Melrose Park man is facing charges for stealing more than $900,000 from his disabled aunt.

Chester Czernwinski, 59, is being held on $500,000 bond.

Czernwinski was charged with financial exploitation of the disabled and two felony counts of theft.

He gained power of attorney over his 91-year-old aunt in 2005.

Authorities allege he cashed in her assets and sold her home, then used the money for a $53,000 car, vacation for eight to Texas and his son's $30,000 wedding.

Czernwinski controlled her finances until her death in 2008.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Czernwinski has an attorney.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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