NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A woman accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from a Gloucester woman has pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and identity theft.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said 43-year-old Amy Denton began providing care services for a woman authorities only identified as “A.C.” in early 2015.
Prosecutors said A.C. needed help due to certain medical issues and limitations. She was a recipient of Social Security Disability and lived in an apartment with her teenage son, who suffered from disabilities.
Denton helped A.C. with errands, certain household duties and taking her to appointments.
A.C.’s mother passed away in January of 2015, which left her with life insurance. A notice of this was sent to a post office box that Denton could access.
Prosecutors said Denton caused A.C. to complete a power of attorney form in May of that year, which gave her control over A.C.’s finances. Denton eventually forged forms on A.C.’s behalf to get a hold of the life insurance.
Prosecutors said Denton opened two other bank accounts in A.C. name — and then deposited $99,968 in proceeds from the life insurances into those accounts.
Denton used these funds for her own personal use, which included buying a vehicle, traveling, paying court fees and more than $15,000 in cash related transactions.
Prosecutors said A.C. was not aware of these transactions.
Denton is scheduled to be sentenced April 26, 2019.
She faces a maximum of 20 years in prison for a mail fraud — and a mandatory penalty of two years for aggravated identity theft charge, which will run consecutively with any time she gets for mail fraud.