Woman admits to stealing money from ailing father
A local woman accused of trying to scheme her father out of his life savings while he was staying at the Veteran's Center pleaded guilty this week.
Records show Janetta P. Whitethunder, 51, appeared in Comanche County District Court Thursday and pleaded guilty to one count of exploitation of an elderly person. A sentence will not be determined until April 22, when Whitethunder is scheduled to appear for sentencing.
Whitethunder allegedly victimized her father, who had been diagnosed with dementia, by obtaining and cashing approximately 18 checks totaling $11,258.85 between December 2011 and Feb. 8, 2012, an affidavit said.
She was accused of "grooming" her father for further exploitation by trying to convince him to close out his bank account, containing $92,000, which would have provided her instant access to his savings without an itemized list of transactions.
Whitethunder allegedly tried to close his account at two separate banks without her father's presence.
The bank staff contacted her father's power of attorney holder, his son, who confirmed Whitethunder wasn't authorized to conduct business using her father's money.
Further investigation by Adult Protective Services and law enforcement allegedly revealed Whitethunder had altered a check, initially written for $1,440, by changing it to $4,440. Once Whitethunder learned of a potential investigation, she reportedly stopped visiting her father at the Veterans' Center.