MANCHESTER — An East Derry woman was sentenced Monday to serve to up to three years in state prison for stealing more than $40,000 from her elderly mother-in-law.
General Gordon J. MacDonald said in a release Monday that Elizabeth
Whitehead, 53, was sentenced Monday in Hillsborough Superior Court North
in Manchester to one Class A felony count of theft by unauthorized
taking after pleading guilty to the charge on May 15.
The court sentenced Whitehead to 1½ to 3 years at the New Hampshire state prison.
to MacDonald, an investigation by Manchester Police revealed between
April 2014 and February 2015, Whitehead forged bank withdrawal slips in
order to withdraw money from her 87-year-old mother-in-law’s bank
account. The investigation showed that Whitehead forged 29 withdrawal
slips and withdrew $44,000 of the victim’s money.
sentencing hearing, Whitehead disputed the amount of money she had
taken. A hearing will be scheduled in the near future to determine the
total amount of restitution owed to the victim.
attorneys and victim/witness advocates in the Attorney General’s Elder
Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit work with local law enforcement
agencies to investigate and prosecute this type of crime.
who believes they may have been, or knows someone who may have been,
the victim of elder abuse or financial exploitation is asked to contact
their local police department or the Department of Health and Human
Services, Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services at (800) 949-0470.
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Woman to serve up to 3 years for stealing more than $40k from mother-in-law