Woman charged with stealing $100,000 from mother

2014-04-23T15:00:00Z 2014-04-23T22:07:12Z Woman charged with stealing $100,000 from motherStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 23, 2014 3:00 pm  • 

A LaPorte-area woman is accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from her mother.

Vicki Childress, 50, is charged in LaPorte Circuit Court with Class C felony forgery, Class D felony counterfeiting and Class A misdemeanor check deception.

Childress was arrested April 9 was still being held Wednesday in the LaPorte County Jail on $15,000 bond.

Police say her 76-year-old mother called Monday after discovering numerous bank accounts of hers had been drained.

According to police, the acts had been occurring for about three years.

However, the woman and her husband did not know because Childress had been intercepting bank statements and other financial records from the mail at her mother's home in the 1100 block of E. Ind. 4.

Childress lived next door, police said.

The illegal withdrawals were discovered when bags containing paperwork showing an IRA was totally drained of more than $30,000 and nearly $60,000 was taken from several checking and savings accounts were found in the garage, police said.

Childress is also accused of taking out a $5,000 loan in her mother's name and not paying down any of the debt, police said.

At least some of the withdrawals could have resulted through online banking that Childress allegedly opened for the accounts.

Her mother told investigators she never created an online banking account and doesn't own a computer, police said.

LaPorte County Prosecutor Bob Szilagyi said what happened to the money was not known, but the investigation is ongoing.

Childress is also accused of swindling at least two other victims for about $3,000 by writing counterfeit checks on their accounts and paying for laptop computers with checks that bounced.

She could face anywhere from a two to eight year sentence on the most serious of the counts.

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