Daughter accused of bilking 83-year old mother of $96K

Sarnia Police have charged a Woodstock woman with theft by a person holding power of attorney after a lengthy investigation into her mother’s finances.

Police say someone called police in August about an 83-year-old Sarnia woman who had suffered severe financial losses.

Police say the woman had been hospitalized three years earlier and her daughter held Power of Attorney over her assets. She moved into her mother’s house and eventually the elderly woman returned to the home. Police say over the next three years, the daughter had access to all of the woman’s finances, things like her bank accounts including a line of credit, her pension benefits and credit cards. Police believe the 60-year-old used the accounts solely for her benefit. They also allege the daughter left a long line of debts in her mother’s name.

In March 2012, she left town and moved to Woodstock, leaving her elderly mother about $96,000 in debt.

A third-party called police about the incident in August and police laid charges against the daughter today when she turned herself into police in Sarnia.

Police say the name of the woman won’t be released to protect the victim. She’ll appear in court in April.

Police say they have been receiving senior abuse cases like this in greater numbers before and more often than not, the victims don’t tell police, a neighbour or friend does.

Police urge anyone who might fear a senior they know is being taken advantage of should call police for advice or assistance.