A local man is behind bars accused of staling thousands of dollars from a woman he was supposed to be caring for.

John Steven Braden is facing charges of misapplication of fiduciary funds.

According to the arrest warrant, Braden was the legal guardian and had a durable power of attorney over the 79-year-old woman.

Investigators say beginning in December 2010 he wrote checks, used credit cards and transferred cash into his own account for a total of $195,268.27.

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