- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A home health care worker who was a severely disabled woman’s primary caregiver has been sentenced to four years in community corrections for bilking her out of thousands of dollars.

The Journal & Courier reports (http://on.jconline.com/10ctcHL ) 38-year-old Heather Dispennett had permission to use her client’s debit card to obtain prescriptions and home supplies for the 69-year-old woman, who is stricken with a severe physical disability.

Dispennett pleaded guilty to three theft counts for using that card for her own expenses. She was sentenced by a Tippecanoe County judge to four years in community corrections, three years of supervised probation and ordered to pay back more than $8,000.

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington says the case illustrates just how vulnerable elderly people are to financial crimes.

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Information from: Journal and Courier, http://www.jconline.com

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