Caretaker Sentenced For Stealing 78 Year Old's Life Savings

UPDATED August 14, 2013
By Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee woman accused of stealing an elderly man's life savings coughs up more than $54,000 dollars.

Barbara Reynolds entered a no contest plea in court today to grand theft charges. She was sentenced to two years probation, 300 hours of community service and ordered to pay the money back in court.

Reynolds had the power of attorney for a 78-year-old man. Police say in about a year Reynolds drained the man's bank account from more than $54,000 dollars to just seven dollars and 35 cents.

Arrest papers say Reynolds spent the money at places like Ross, Payless and even a southside wig shop.


By Julie Montanaro
February 27, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - A Tallahassee woman - who serves as power of attorney for a 78 year old man - is now accused of stealing his life savings.

Barbara Reynolds was arrested for grand theft and exploitation of the elderly.

A phone call to the state of Florida's Abuse Hotline prompted the investigation.

Tallahassee Police say in about a year Reynolds drained the man's bank account from more than $54,000 to just $7.35.

Arrest papers say she spent the money at places like Ross, Payless and even a southside wig shop.

"She was given power of attorney by family members based on her flexible schedule and in their words her "trustworthiness," TPD Spokesman David Northway said. "She also took about 54 thousand dollars we believe at this point."

Arrest papers say Reynolds denied the accusations, saying she used the money to pay the man's bills and fix his house.

The investigator determined the man's monthly social security check covered his living expenses and said when he went to the man's house he could see outside through the holes in the floor.

The police investigator says he tried to interview the 78 year old man, but he says the man could not tell him his age let alone who pays his bills.


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