BAKER — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office charged a DeFuniak Springs man with elderly exploitation and grand theft for keeping money for a landscaping job he never performed, and using the cash for personal gain.

Christopher Daniel Roberson, 34, is accused of offering to do $3,000 in landscaping work for a Baker man in January 2015.

The homeowner, who is 66 years old and suffers from the effects of a stroke, said Roberson cashed the check the next day but never started the work.

 When asked about the money, Roberson told the Baker resident he had used it to pay for his mother’s funeral and buy a new car, according to an OCSO media release.

Roberson then agreed to work for $10 an hour for 300 hours, but only worked 13 hours before refusing to honor their agreement.