Randolph County prosecutors charged Paula Blackston this month with financial exploitation of an elderly person and misappropriation of funds of an elderly nursing home resident.
From about Oct. 22, 2020 to Feb. 1, 2022, Blackston , a Moberly resident, took control of social security benefits and the retirement pension of her mother, according to a probable cause statement from the Special Investigations Unit of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Blackston is accused of using $23,618 in social security benefits and $2,136 in retirement funds, two $1,400 government stimulus payments, a $600 stimulus payment and a $423 tax refund belonging to her mother for her personal use.
Some of the money was withdrawn from an ATM at Isle of Capri Casino. Blackston failed to pay the nursing home bill for her mother, esulting in a past due balance of $10,374, the court document says.
Blackston was convicted of forgery in 1996 and 1998, assault in 1997
and theft in 2009, according to the Special Investigations Unit.
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