Malgorzata Burns Charged With Exploitation and Forgery
A Casper woman is accused of taking advantage of a 100 year old man's finances.
34 year old Malgorzata Burns is charged with exploitation of a vulnerable adult, obtaining goods by false pretenses and four counts of forgery.
According to prosecutors, from May of 2011 through May of 2012, Burns was working as a nursing assistant at a senior home, and managed to obtain financial access of 100 year old Alfred Persson.
A representative of the Wyoming Guardian Corporation, alerted police when it was discovered that numerous electronic fund transfers had been taking place in Persson's name, yet Persson had never used the internet.
Investigators were able to obtain Persson's bank records and determined where the money went.
They discovered that $7,200 worth of checks had been written to Burns, yet Persson's signature on each check was noticeably different.
Also a number of credit card payments had been made on line, as well as payments for cable TV, Internet and phone service, which Persson had no need to pay for, since it was provided at the senior home.
A doctor at the senior home told police that Persson was unable to take care of himself and that he would not be able to remember giving anyone permission to use his check book.
When questioned by police, Burns declined an interview and asked for a lawyer.
Her bond was set at $5,000 and she is awaiting trial.
She could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.