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Woman Allegedly Stole From Dependent Senior

Associated Press - November 12, 2015 8:36 am

A Shawnee County judge declared a mistrial on a murder charge against a Topeka man involved in fatal road-rage confrontation.

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) – A 43-year-old Lawrence woman has been charged with felony mistreatment of a dependent adult after allegedly stealing money from a woman for whom she had durable power of attorney.

An affidavit accuses Jennifer Ann York of cashing Billie Jean Shewbart’s Certificate of Deposit for nearly $27,000 and spending most of the money on personal expenses instead of on Shewbart’s retirement home as directed.

The affidavit describes Shewbart as a “senior” but doesn’t provide an age. An obituary from an Enid, Oklahoma, newspaper lists the death of 71-year-old Billie Jean Shewbart of Lawrence on Sept. 9.

York is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 18. York is currently free on a $10,000 own-recognizance bond but could spend up to 11 years in prison if convicted.

Information from: Lawrence Journal-World