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Two Charged with Stealing from Elderly Millsboro Woman

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Tammy Lynn Willis Tammy Lynn Willis
Amanda Willis Amanda Willis

MILLSBORO, Del.- Delaware State Police have arrested two people and are looking for a third accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a 91-year-old Millsboro woman. 

Police said the investigation into this incident began in February when the victim responded into Troop 7 with her current caregiver to report a possible theft complaint.

Troopers said the investigation revealed a former caregiver and neighbor, 53-year-old Tammy Lynn Willis of Millsboro, had been given power of attorney and began writing large amounts of checks on the victim's account to herself.

Police said that on Aug. 9, 2012 and April 15, 2013, Willis wrote out checks for roof repairs in the amount of $12,076 and there were no roof repairs completed. Investigators said two of the checks were issued to her son, 36-year-old Ricky Pennington of Lewes. Police said that on Jan. 5, 2013, Willis purchased a 2003 yellow Pontiac Aztek in the amount of $5,443 and used the victim's account. Police said that additionally, 30-year-old Amanda Willis of Millsboro received more than $11,000 in checks written out to her from the victim's account for "in home care" which the victim never received.

According to investigators, from Dec. 29, 2012 to present, Tammy Willis wrote over $46,000 in checks to herself and used the victim's check and credit card for purchases totaling more than $82,000. The victim was defrauded out of more than $129,000, police said..

Tammy Lynn Willis was arrested Friday, Dec. 19 and charged with theft where the property value is $100,000 or more, exploit resources greater than $50,000 of an infirmed adult, and second-degree conspiracy. She was ordered held in the Delores J. Baylor Women's Correctional Institution on $61,000 secured bond.

Amanda Willis was arrested on Monday, Dec. 22 and charged with theft over $1,500 where victim is 62 years of age or older or infirmed/disabled person (fraud), second-degree conspiracy and abuse, neglect, exploit or mistreat an infirmed adult. She was released on $35,000 unsecured bond.

Pennington has not been arrested at this time and warrants are on file at Troop 4 for theft over $1,500 and victim is 62 years of age or older or infirmed/disabled person (fraud), second-degree conspiracy and abuse, neglect, exploit or mistreat an infirmed adult. 

Anyone with whereabouts on Pennington's whereabouts is asked to contact Detective T. Shockley at  (302) 856-5850, ext. 257.

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