Nursing asst. gets year in jail for theft
August 30, 2009
By Carl Hessler JrNORRISTOWN — A Norristown woman faces at least one year in jail for stealing from the bank account of an elderly Plymouth man for whom she worked as a nursing assistant.
Bernadette Phillips, 40, of the 500 block of East Lafayette Street, was convicted during a non-jury trial in Montgomery County Court of charges of theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking, identity theft and access device fraud in connection with incidents that occurred in October 2007 while she worked for the 83-year-old man.
Assistant District Attorney Steven Bunn filed court papers Tuesday indicating he intends to use a state law that allows prosecutors to seek at least a one-year mandatory jail sentence against those who commit crimes against elderly persons over 65 years of age. Once prosecutors seek a mandatory sentence, judges have no discretion but to impose the mandatory term.
The case was prosecuted as part of the district attorney's Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit.
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