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