A Staten Island man allegedly stole $100,000 in U.S. Federal Savings bonds from his elderly grandfather to buy oxycodone, so you can feel better about grifting all those quarters from your grandmother's pocketbook to buy gumballs at the mall.
According to the SI Advance, Huguenot resident Robert A. Riley, 25, lifted 66 bonds worth approximately $99,013.20 from his grandfather's home in February. Riley admitted cashed the bonds and deposited them in an account, using the funds to purchase oxycodone. According to a criminal complaint: "Over the next four months I cashed 65-70 bonds totaling 99,011 dollars. With that money I bought two cars, moved to (an) apartment, finished the apartment, took trips to Atlantic City and with the remaining $70,000 I bought drugs."
Riley surrendered to police yesterday. He was released on his own recognizance, and his attorney is hoping to get him into drug treatment—he reportedly has a $500-a-day pill habit. "Our hope is that he'll be getting some help, and we've put in an application for drug treatment court," his attorney, Louis Diamond, told SI Advance. "Our hope here is to save the kid."
Riley has been charged with multiple degrees of grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.