Friday, July 10, 2020

2 women accused of defrauding, exploiting elderly Weston woman

By Shereen Siewert

Two Wisconsin women are accused of defrauding an elderly Weston woman out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, money allegedly spent on haircuts, designer handbags, Walt Disney stocks, a “Mousemingle” dating membership, timeshares, appliances and other miscellaneous purchases, according to court documents.

Ramona Bartell, 64, of Cedarburg; and Melissa R. Stark, 42, of Grafton, are both being summoned into Marathon County Circuit Court, where they face charges filed May 22 of theft in a business setting over $10,000 and theft of movable property with special facts. The “special facts” reference means that the property was allegedly taken from a vulnerable adult – in this instance, a woman who was declared incompetent by two physicians.

Stark is also named in court documents as Melissa Bublitz, who changed her name from Bublitz to Stark in 2019.

Police say Stark was power of attorney for the alleged victim, an elderly woman who died in February. Bartell is a friend of the alleged victim’s late daughter.

The alleged victim is from Saukville, but was living at a Weston assisted living facility from January 2016 until the time of her death.

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2 women accused of defrauding, exploiting elderly Weston woman

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