Saturday, April 3, 2010

Woman Accused of Bilking Mother's Life Savings

Milwaukie police have arrested a La Pine woman on charges of bilking her elderly mother out of more than $224,000 over a five-month period.

Janet Gay Durkee, 61, was arrested Thursday after an extensive criminal investigation that began in September, police said in a news release. She was held at the Clackamas County Jail on first-degree charges of aggravated theft and criminal mistreatment. Bail was set at $40,000.

Durkee was arrested for systematically taking more than $224,000 over a five-month period from the bank accounts of her 85-year-old mother, Geneva E. Smith of Milwaukie, leaving the elderly woman destitute, police said.

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LaPine Woman Accused of Bilking Mother's Life Savings


Anonymous said...

Max jailtime!

StandUp said...

It's a shame that family resorts to this level of theft.

Lou said...

Shame on her.

Anonymous said...

Yes, what a shame. But for such cases, the court, upon getting a complaint, would decide upon professional guardianship. The problem arises when there is a family squabble, without any investigation, that family members can suggest anything they want. Then it is goodbye ward, welcome to the guardian and attorneys taking all the money.

Anonymous said...

There is no difference, between biking a mother during her lifetime, or - like in my case, waiting for a mothers demise to spend what was carefully put into trust, depriving her of access to her assets during her lifetime, with judicial authority to bilk the estate after her demise.