Luzerne caregiver accused of taking at least $258K from elderly woman
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August 10, 2013
A Luzerne woman is facing theft charges after prosecutors say she stole more than a quarter-million dollars from an elderly woman for whom she was supposed to be caring.
Sharon Mae Jacobosky, 70, is charged with three counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received.
According to the Luzerne County District Attorney's Office, Dallas Borough police began investigating Jacobosky after getting a complaint that she was taking money for her own benefit. At the time, Jacobosky was the caregiver and had power of attorney for Clementine Moseman, according to prosecutors.
The Institute on Protective Services at Temple University conducted a forensic audit on accounts owned by Moseman and her daughter, Pamela Wehrenberg, prosecutors said.
The audit revealed Jacobosky had taken $258,538 between Jan. 1, 2009, and Nov. 4, 2011, according to prosecutors.
"An overwhelming number of cases of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation go undetected each year," District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said in a statement. "Unfortunately, some of these vulnerable adults are abused by family members, service providers and caregivers."
Salavantis urged anyone who suspects elder abuse to call the Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Area Agency on Aging at 800-252-1512 or her office at 570-825-1674.
Magisterial District Judge James Tupper arraigned Jacobosky on Friday and set her bail at $5,000. She was booked at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility with a preliminary hearing set for 9:30 a.m. Aug. 22.
SOURCE: The Citizen's Voice
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