Tazewell County prosecutors are now pursuing three cases alleging thousands of dollars in thefts from aging victims by their own relatives with the latest filed last week.
Tina Roten, 37, was charged with using her stepmother’s birth date, Social Security number and maiden name to obtain a credit card. She ran up more than $10,150 in charges on the card between last June and January, her charge alleges.
Roten of Peoria was issued a notice to appear May 10 on a charge of aggravated identity theft, punishable by probation to up to seven years in prison.
Her 63-year-old alleged victim, a Tazewell County resident, didn’t know of the credit card Roten obtained until January, when she learned her credit rating was unexpectedly low, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit. After the card company told police what information was used to obtain it, Roten acknowledged she used the card “for daily living expenses,” the affidavit stated.
In the two other pending cases, elderly victims were allegedly robbed by family members they had entrusted with their savings.
Carole Rodgers, 61, of Peoria is scheduled to appear in court Thursday on a charge of financial exploitation of the elderly, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Over five years prior to the charge filed in February, Rodgers allegedly used the power of attorney her 86-year-old mother gave her to drain hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Tazewell County victim’s bank accounts. She also obtained a credit card in her mother’s name that paid for online purchases, hotel stays, restaurant meals and auto parts, the charge alleges.
While the exact amount allegedly stolen was not documented in the charge, the victim had only $5.76 in her accounts by the time other relatives discovered the thefts.
Debra Woods, 47, and her son Tanner Bledsoe, 23, both of Pekin, will appear in court later this month on charges related to the alleged theft of about $28,000 from Woods’ 81-year-old father, who gave her access to his bank accounts to pay his nursing home bills.
Woods was charged in January with financial exploitation and Bledsoe with forgery, both charges punishable by up to five years in prison. Bledsoe also is charged with possession of a firearm as a felon for allegedly taking a handgun owned by his grandfather.