Norco woman accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from two elderly people with dementia – press enterprise
PROHIBITION – A 57-year-old woman from Norco accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from two elderly people with dementia pleaded not guilty on Friday to financial abuse and other charges.
Kymberly Sue Adams was arrested in January following a months-long investigation by the Medi-Cal Fraud & Elder Abuse unit of the California Department of Justice.
In addition to the two counts of financial abuse of the elderly, Adams is charged with two counts of robbery and four counts of money laundering, with allegations of aggravated sentence of taking or destroying property in connection with ‘a white collar crime.
Adams was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge Timothy Hollenhorst, who has scheduled a crime settlement conference for August 20 at the Banning Justice Center.
Adams is free on a $ 125,000 bond.
According to state prosecutors, she was given a power of attorney to handle the affairs of a woman identified in court documents only as “Ethel S”. and a man identified only as “Roger W.”
The victims, both from the San Jacinto Valley, were residing in an assisted living facility and, due to their cognitive issues, were unable to pay their bills or control other aspects of their lives, said prosecutors.
Between 2014 and 2018, Adams was responsible for ensuring their needs were met, including paying for their care through accounts owned by the couple, according to court documents.
But prosecutors allege that Adams instead pocketed nearly $ 300,000 from victims’ funds, spending for her needs and ignoring theirs.
An investigation was opened when the victims were at risk of being evicted from their assisted living apartments, according to the DOJ.
The audits revealed numerous suspected discrepancies in victims’ accounts, pointing to transactions involving Adams, who “was abusing his role as attorney,” the DOJ said.
“Decisions that affect a client’s financial situation must be made in the best interests of the client,” said Attorney General Rob Bonta. “Our seniors shouldn’t have to live in fear of becoming the next victim of elder financial abuse.
Adams has no prior documented convictions in Riverside County.
Details regarding her relationship with the victims and the reasons she was appointed their guardian were not disclosed.