Caretaker arrested over theft from woman

Caretaker arrested over theft from woman

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing money from an elderly woman for whom she acted as a caretaker.

Champaign police Sgt. Dave Griffet said Jennifer Phillips, 27, who listed an address in the 300 block of North Edwin Street, was arrested Tuesday on a preliminary charge of financial exploitation of an elderly person.

Griffet said Phillips had been caring for a 93-year-old woman since October. On Monday, the woman's son contacted police because he discovered large amounts of money had been taken out of his mother's checking account and as an advance on a credit card.

Griffet said police investigated and found that Phillips had allegedly used the woman's credit card to gain a cash advance of about $3,000, and wrote checks to herself and cashed checks on the woman's account in the amount of about $5,000.

"She got about $8,500 spent in the last couple of months that appeared to be for her own personal use," said Griffet. "I don't believe there's any money left."

Griffet said the elderly woman's family had known Phillips for about 12 years.

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tattoo58 wrote on February 06, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Nice caretaking...low life!

rsp wrote on February 06, 2013 at 7:02 pm

I've been trying to think of the worse possible way she could earn that money back. Everything I come up with is too good for her. I have a friend that age. Lord help any one who did that to him. 

SaintClarence27 wrote on February 08, 2013 at 8:02 am

As someone who has worked in the field, exploitation is an all too common problem. Usually people are stealing from someone who has very little.

sweet caroline wrote on February 06, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I don't know how she can live with herself, "allegedly" robbing an elderly woman who trusted her.  The woman's family knew this young lady for 12 years and trusted her.  Shame shame shame on her.  ("Allegedly," of course.)  If we don't say "allegedly" the News-Gazette police will take down our posts.