- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A Cottage Grove woman accused of working with her sister to scam a World War II veteran out of tens of thousands of dollars has been sentenced to five years of probation.

The Register-Guard reports (https://bit.ly/2fatzhL ) Rita Amundson was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to felony theft and criminal mistreatment charges. The agreement requires her to pay back what she stole or go to prison.

The 94-year-old victim had hired Amundson as his live-in caregiver last winter after his wife died.

Authorities say Amundson took more than $90,000 from the man over the course of several months. She and her sister, Teena Taylor, are accused of spending the money on personal purchases, including three vehicles.

Taylor is expected to plead guilty in December as part of a similar plea deal.


Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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