The wife of a Saratoga County supervisor stole more than $38,000 while acting as a legal guardian for an 83-year-old woman staying at the county-run nursing home, authorities said.
Deborah Thompson, 62, was arrested and charged with third-degree grand larceny by State Police. Thompson is the wife of Milton Supervisor Frank Thompson, although a fellow town official said the couple had been estranged for a number of years.
Police said the arrest came after the nursing home resident's bank alerted the state Office of Mental Health after becoming concerned with credit card charges, withdrawals and checks being written for items including dinner and Great Escape passes.
The bank knew that the woman was homebound and had granted power of attorney over the account, authorities said. The victim is a resident at Maplewood Manor, the Saratoga County nursing home in Ballston Spa.
Deborah Thompson did not work at the nursing home, but became familiar with the victim through a part-time job at the Wilbur Trieble Senior Apartments, where she had previously stayed, authorities said.
Saratoga County District Attorney Jim Murphy said Friday that he would apply for a special prosecutor to handle the case next week to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.
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Wife of Saratoga County Supervisor Charged with Stealing From County Home Resident