HAGERSTOWN - A Hagerstown woman won't serve any jail time after admitting Tuesday in Washington County Circuit Court to taking money from an older man, now deceased, who had been cared for by the adult-care company she worked for.
Traci Frederick, 42, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of obtaining property from a vulnerable adult, a felony. She received a suspended three-year prison term, and must serve three years of supervised probation, Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III ordered. Boone also ordered Frederick to pay almost $9,000 in restitution.
In exchange for the plea, a theft scheme charge was dropped.
Frederick was working for Adult Care Services Inc., but was not the employee scheduled to care for the victim, Gerald Downs Sr., according to court documents.
A family member had arranged with Frederick to care for Downs one weekend before another worker took over his care.
Although she wasn't assigned to care for Downs, Frederick continued to go to the man's home, Assistant State's Attorney Gina Cirincion said in court Tuesday.