A Wise County woman was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for financial crimes she committed against a disabled elderly victim in her care.
Latricia Rae Kiser, 40, of Pound, pleaded guilty in September to six counts of felony uttering and five counts of felony forgery. Kiser received a sentence of five years Tuesday with three years and two months suspended. After her release, Kiser will be required to serve three years of probation and pay restitution to the victim.
According to Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Slemp, Kiser was hired to assist with taking care of a disabled elderly adult between October 2016 and January 2017. Kiser stole checks from the victim and forged the victim's name, cashing six checks for various amounts which totaled $1,750. The fraud was discovered when the victim's family discovered inaccuracies in the checking account and called police. When deputies investigated, Kiser confessed to the crimes.
“Financial exploitation of the disabled and elderly is far too common in our community," Slemp said. "Ms. Kiser was invited into a home, paid to care for another person, and then stole that person. She was entrusted with the care of a vulnerable individual and then betrayed that trust. A crime of this nature should offend everyone in our community. We will continue to fight to protect seniors and incapacitated adults from this kind of abuse and exploitation.”
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