Caregiver will serve 60 days in jail for check fraud

(Delmarvanow.com) -- A caregiver who took three checks from an elderly woman without her permission and cashed them will spend 60 days in jail.

Jennifer Ayres, 48, now a Pennsylvania resident, had pleaded guilty in March to three counts of uttering and three counts of grand larceny.

An Accomack County judge sentenced Ayres to 12 years and suspended all but 60 days.

Ayres had cashed the checks belonging to Agnes Gillespie in the amounts of $675, $569.50, and $257.25 at the PNC Bank in Oak Hall in April-May 2015.

At her November sentencing in Accomack County court, Ayres’ defense attorney Patrick Robbins said she had no criminal record and was employed full time in Pennsylvania.

He told the court that his client had made full restitution. 

“It was an unfortunate situation,” he said.

A victim’s impact statement said read in court said Gillespie, who is in her 90s, loved the defendant and had trusted her completely. 

After the incident she became very fearful at home, it said.

The crime was reported when a relative realized what was happening and went to the sheriff’s office, the court heard during the trial.

When asked about the checks, the defendant had no explanation, said Commonwealth’s Attorney Spencer Morgan at the time.

“She said she thought she had permission to cash the checks,” he said.

Gillespie told investigators Ayres did not have her permission to cash the checks.

Announcing the sentence, Judge W. Revell Lewis III admonished the defendant for betraying the woman’s trust. 

He said her employer would likely have loaned her the money if she had told her she needed it. 

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