Daughter accused of stealing from mother through power of attorney privileges

When a 79-year-old woman was hospitalized in 2009, her daughter, then 56, was named a power of attorney to handle her affairs.

Four years later, following an investigation that began last August, the daughter, now 60, faces charges for some $96,000 in losses that Sarnia Police say the daughter perpetrated against her mother, now 83, who recovered from her hospitalization and still lives at home.

Police say the investigation, which began as the result of a third party complaint, revealed the removal of money from various bank accounts, took cash advances on credit cards, and stolen benefits. The accused, who is not being named to protect the identity of the victim, is also alleged to have borrowed on a line of credit.

The accused, police say, also left a large number of outstanding debts in the victim’s name, never replacing any money taken or repaying the debts incurred.

Officials from the Sarnia Police Criminal Investigation Branch say they are beginning to receive these types of complaints in greater numbers than ever before.  Often, the complaints do not originate from the victim but are received from third parties who become aware of the problem or situation and contact police on the victim’s behalf.  These types of investigations tend to be lengthy and complex in nature. 

Anyone with a concern of this nature can contact the Sarnia Police Criminal Investigations Branch for assistance or advice.   

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  • Sylvia Freeman

    What’s wrong with the banks not questioning some of these transactions, power of attorney or not! It seems strange to me that no one questioned or clued into anything before this. One or two transactions, maybe, but for four years? Shouldn’t there be a fail safe somehow with financial groups to be more diligent since this is happening more and more? Of course, what do banks care, they aren’t held responsible for theft in cases like this, but perhaps they should be.