Tonkawa man faces charge of exploitation of elderly

August 10, 2019 | Courts|Police

NEWKIRK — An attorney status review is set for Stephen G. Heppler, 57, Tonkawa, in Kay County District Court on Sept. 6.

Heppler is facing felony charges of exploitation of elderly and uttering a forged instrument. Ponca City police officer Kevin Hamby reports that he took a fraud report on Feb. 5.

A resident told police he obtained a detailed transaction report on his deceased grandmother’s bank account and learned that many checks were made out to Stephen Heppler.
PCPD Sgt. Shane Pruett reviewed the bank statements and reports the 59 checks were made out to Heppler between Jan. 2 and Feb. 5, 2019, totalling $46,950.
Police report that in July of 2018, Heppler took his elderly mother to the bank and had her cash out a $36,000 IRA. Pruett did an interview with Heppler on March 21 in which Heppler reportedly said he did not know that a grandson was the designated account holder for his mother and claimed the money was used to pay bills, taxes, insurance and the purchase of Christmas presents. He was booked in the county jail on July 8 and later release on $10,000 bond.

Stephen G. Heppler