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Woman sentenced for stealing from elderly patients suffering from dementia

Marian Camacho
December 06, 2018 12:09 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— A woman who stole more than $30,000 from elderly patients suffering from dementia will spend one and a half years in prison.

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The crimes happened between 2012 and 2013 while Leanne Bennett was working as an office manager at the Rehabilitation Center of Albuquerque.

Prosecutors say she gained access to residents’ checking accounts, ATM accounts, and debit cards. She even wrote checks to herself and made withdrawals from victims’ accounts.

She was sentenced to time behind bars in addition to five years of supervised probation and a requirement to pay back more than $44,000 in restitution to the victims.

“We have a responsibility to step in and protect vulnerable populations within New Mexico,” said Attorney General Hector Balderas. “This defendant took advantage of innocent New Mexicans battling dementia and a system we rely on to care for the elderly and disabled. I’m pleased that she will be held accountable for her crimes, and the people she exploited will receive restitution.”

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