A Hays man who spent his mother’s money on himself while serving as her power of attorney has agreed to pay nearly $40,000 in restitution to her estate.

The Kansas attorney general’s office said in a news release that 43-year-old Matthew Hayes pleaded no contest Wednesday to a felony count of mistreatment of an elder person.  He agreed to pay the restitution as part of his plea.

The release says that Hayes used her money for his “personal benefit” from December 2016 through September 2018.  His sentencing hasn’t been scheduled.

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