- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 2, 2017

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) - A traveling nurse has pleaded guilty to stealing bank cards from two patients and charging thousands of dollars.

Cobb County District Attorney Vic Reynolds says 39-year-old April Echols, of Loganville, admitted Wednesday to taking the property of two people living at Anderson Mill Rehabilitation Center in Austell. Cobb Superior Court Judge C. LaTain Kell sentenced Echols to 10 years, with three years to serve in prison. She was also ordered to pay restitution.

Reynolds, in a news release, says Echols used the cards to make purchases and withdrawals of more than $9,000 over four days last December. She was captured on security video using the cards.

Echols pleaded guilty to two counts of exploitation of an elder or disabled person and eight counts of financial transaction card fraud.

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