Champaign caregiver who stole from client gets second-chance probation

Champaign caregiver who stole from client gets second-chance probation

URBANA — A Champaign woman who admitted stealing money from a disabled woman for whom she provided home care has been sentenced to two years of second-chance probation.

Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach said Rozjolei Jackson, 24, who listed addresses on Valley Road in Champaign and in Chicago, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Heidi Ladd to theft.

Jackson admitted that between Sept. 28 and Nov. 4, 2016, she used the information from the debit card of the 76-year-old client to obtain cash, which she used for herself.

Banach said the victim had allowed her caregivers to use her debit card to buy groceries and other necessities for her, but in November 2016, she and her social worker noticed charges that the woman had not authorized.

Champaign police confronted Jackson, who admitted that she used the card to get cash from a loan company.

Jackson was ordered to pay $4,555 in restitution as part of her sentence and perform 100 hours of public service.

Other charges of aggravated identity theft and forgery were dismissed in return for Jackson's guilty plea.

If she successfully completes the period of probation, the conviction will not show up on her record.

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