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Georgetown Woman Arrested on Felony Theft Charges

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MILTON, Del. - Delaware State Police say troopers have arrested a Georgetown woman after a six-month investigation into an elderly couple's financial records revealed she stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from them.

Police say the investigation into this incident began back in May of 2014 when the nephew of 92-year-old William Pepper and 90-year-old Marion Pepper became the Durable Power of Attorney for William, and the executor of Marion's estate after her death.  At that time, police say William, who is now deceased, was placed in a nursing home and the nephew began reviewing their financial records.  Upon noticing numerous discrepancies, he responded to police in Georgetown to report the issues.

Authorities say the investigation revealed that while William and Marion Pepper were living in Milton, 45-year-old Dawn Greene, of Georgetown, was employed as their caretaker due to their health issues and had been there since June of 2012.  The financial records showed that on one occasion, a check for more than $5,500 was written out to her for medical supplies, when in fact, all supplies were covered under the victim's health insurance.  Police say other checks written as far back as August of 2013 ranged from as low as $550 to $5,800, which was supposed to be used to remodel and repair the victim's kitchen but was never started or completed.  In November of 2013, police say a check was written out to Greene in the amount of $21,000 which was used by her to purchase of a 2014 Ford Fusion.  An audit of the victim's account showed that Greene had defrauded them of more than $466,000 over nine month period.

Police say Greene was contacted at her home on Tuesday and taken into custody.  She was transported back to Troop 4 where she was charged with two counts of exploit resources greater than $50,000 of an infirmed adult, two counts of theft where property value is $100,000 or more, and second-degree conspiracy.  She was arraigned at JP2 and committed to Delores J. Baylor Women's' Correctional Institution on $81,000 secured bond.
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