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Pa. woman charged in theft case extradited to Washington Co.

February 24, 2011

A Lancaster, Pa., woman charged with stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a Hagerstown couple while serving as a caregiver has been extradited to Washington County, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Jackie Sue Carter, 51, was served with an arrest warrant for felony theft scheme $10,000 to $100,000; three counts of felony exploitation of an vulnerable adult; attempted felony exploitation of a vulnerable adult; and fraudulent misappropriation by fiduciary, according to a news release.

Carter posted a $35,000 bond about 8 p.m. Thursday and was released from the Washington County Detention Center, a jail spokesman said.

Carter worked as a nursing assistant for an in-home care company in Hagerstown when she was assigned in March 2008 as a caregiver to Nelson and Betty Eshelman, according to the application for statement of charges.

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Carter left the company in August 2008. In October, she began working privately for the Eshelmans and was given their power of attorney, the charging documents said.

Nelson Eshelman died Jan. 11, 2009. The documents allege that the following day, Carter cashed in 11 of the Eshelmans’ certificates of deposit valued at $89,802.76.

While cashing the CDs, Carter referred to Betty Eshelman as her mother and told a bank official the money was being transferred to another bank, the documents said.

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