A Carl Junction man waived a preliminary hearing this week on a charge that he financially exploited an elderly woman by gaining access to her bank account and tapping it for more than $1,000.

Garyn L. Adams, 26, waived the hearing Thursday in Jasper County Circuit Court on a charge of financial exploitation of an elderly person. Associate Judge Joe Hensley set the defendant's initial appearance in a trial division of the court for Sept. 2.

Adams was arrested on the charge in August 2019 following an investigation by Carl Junction police.

A probable-cause affidavit alleges that he gained access to an 86-year-old woman's bank account without her knowledge and began making fraudulent charges. He purportedly signed her up for online banking, created a PayPal account using her Social Security number and transferred money to PayPal accounts belonging to him and a second person. He also transferred money from the account using the online banking he set up.