Woman ordered to repay grandparents $55,000

URBANA — A Champaign woman who admitted stealing from her grandparents has been ordered to repay them more than $55,000.

Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis on Wednesday sentenced Phyllis Frazier, 45, who listed an address in the 300 block of South Garfield Avenue, to four years of probation and ordered her to repay $1,000 a month until the restitution of $55,363.86 is paid off.

Frazier pleaded guilty in May to aggravated financial identify theft, admitting that between April and August 2010, she used her grandmother's identity to obtain credit and make purchases in her name.

Assistant State's Attorney Joel Fletcher said he presented Difanis with other evidence linking Frazier to several fraudulent transactions made with her grandparents' accounts between September 2010 and September 2011. She was supposed to be handling the financial affairs of the couple, ages 86 and 91.

Those transactions included withdrawing more than $36,000 from their credit union and bank accounts and opening four different credit card accounts, including one at Helzberg Diamonds.

As a condition of her probation, Frazier is not allowed to have contact with her grandparents. She was also ordered to forfeit eight guns that were in her home at the time of a court-ordered search back in October 2011, Fletcher said.

Fletcher said Frazier had prior convictions for depositing a bad check and forgery from the 1980s out of Georgia.

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