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Woman pleads guilty to stealing from blind relative

December 10, 2010|By DON AINES | donaines@herald-mail.com

HAGERSTOWN — A Williamsport woman pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court to two thefts of less than $1,000 for stealing from a blind relative.

Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. granted a defense request to defer sentencing for Krista Sue Hudson for medical reasons. Long did not set a sentencing date.

Hudson, 42, of 16818 Tammany Manor Road, could be sentenced to 18 months for each offense. In exchange for her plea, five illegal credit-card use charges were dismissed, according to court records.

Hudson was charged in June with using the credit card of an 86-year-old relative to buy a $300 gift card at a department store and $500 worth of gift cards at a supermarket, according to the application for statement of charges filed by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

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Hudson used her supermarket bonus card when making the second set of gift-card purchases and was caught on video surveillance cameras, the charging documents said.

Penny Baker, another relative of the elderly woman victim, identified the person in the video as her sister, the documents said.

In court Thursday, Baker said Hudson had gone to the victim’s home to assist her in taking her medications.

“Why? That should cover it all. Why?” the victim asked in court.

“Because Ms. Hudson’s a thief,” Long replied.

It was not Hudson’s first theft conviction. In 2005 she pleaded guilty to a theft scheme of more than $500, court records said.

In that case, the amount of money stolen from a Hagerstown medical practice amounted to $213,554.56, the application for statement of charges said. Hudson worked as a biller at Robinwood Orthopedic Specialists from 1998 to 2004 and was charged with stealing the money from 2000 to 2004 in 717 separate transactions, the charging documents said.

Hudson received a three-year prison sentence in that case, according to court records.

Hudson was the second woman in circuit court this week charged with stealing from a blind person. On Tuesday Theresa Marie Long, 29, of Falling Waters, W.Va., pleaded guilty to charges of stealing from a blind Williamsport man and was given a suspended sentence after the victim requested leniency.

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