BRISBANE (CBS 5 / AP) — Prosecutors are accusing a San Mateo County man of stealing more than $30,000 from a soldier who was fighting in the Iraq war.

Authorities say the soldier asked his neighbor, Kenneth McCall, to take care of his finances for him during his two-year deployment that began in 2006. The soldier’s wife, who died shortly before the deployment, had previously taken care of the family’s financial matters.

Authorities say the self-employed bookkeeper used the power of attorney to take money from his client’s accounts and make purchases at electronics and other stores.

McCall is charged with one felony count of embezzlement.

His attorney told the San Francisco Examiner that the soldier’s allegations are not credible.

The case is scheduled for trial next month.

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