Woman accused of taking $100K
TAHLEQUAH, Jul 02, 2012 (Tahlequah Daily Press - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A Stilwell woman is accused in Cherokee County District Court of exploiting more than $100,000 from her elderly father over a five-year period.
Linda Frazier, 40, is accused of one felony count of abuse by a caretaker for exploiting the man, who has Alzheimer's.
Prosecutors say Frazier would use her father's bank account to pay her personal bills, and would withdraw as much as $1,500 at a time from the account for her own use.
The victim lives in a Tahlequah nursing home, according to a report filed in the case by Adult Protective Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
The agency reported the victim is unable to live on his own or to manage his finances, and based on the agency's interviews, has very few, if any, personal bills to pay monthly.
The agency alleges Frazier would go to the nursing home and take her father to Stilwell, where she would turn in a $1,500 check for cash.
Bank statements obtained by Adult Protective Services allegedly show that Frazier has been paying her utilities, rent, cell phone bill, satellite TV bill, and cashing checks on the victim's account for other personal uses.
APS reportedly requested receipts and proof from Frazier the victim's money was being spent on his personal needs, but Frazier was unable to justify the expenses. Officials with APS said when Frazier was questioned about how the money was being spent, she threatened to take her father out of the nursing home.
A report by the agency indicates APS requested guardianship of the victim and a freeze of his bank account for his protection.
A warrant for Frazier's arrest was issued Thursday.
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