Woman gets probation for stealing $200,000 from her grandmother
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter December 17, 2013 5:53PM
Updated: December 17, 2013 5:54PM
A Palatine woman was sentenced to 30 months probation Tuesday for stealing more than $200,000 from her elderly grandmother to pay bills and fund leisurely activities, including extravagant international vacations.
While Jennifer Curtis had power of attorney for her grandmother between 2005 and 2011, she would write checks, make electronic payments and forge electronic wire transfers from the senior citizen’s bank accounts, Cook County prosecutors said.
The now 44-year-old Curtis, who pleaded guilty at the Bridgeview Courthouse to financial exploitation of the elderly, used the money to pay off her own credit card bills, loans and car payments, prosecutors said.
Curtis also used the cash for lavish getaways in the Cayman Islands, Costa Rica and the United States.
Curtis would then intercept bank and credit card statements so her Indian Head Park-based grandmother would not see the unauthorized withdrawals she also used to pay for gas and restaurant bills, prosecutors said.
Curtis’ own family members turned her in to authorities in 2012 when her grandmother was 98.