A Bradenton woman was arrested on Wednesday after she stole more than $82,000 from the mother of her deceased boyfriend.
Detectives began their investigation in February when a 73-year-old woman reported that she was missing thousands of dollars that she believed was stolen by her deceased son’s girlfriend, Carrie Stanfield, 36.
Due to medical issues, the victim signed over power of attorney to Stanfield and asked that she attend civil proceedings and take care of medical costs on the victim’s behalf.
On February 13, the victim was notified that her account was missing more than $82,000.
Detectives determined that Stanfield made dozens of withdrawals and purchases from businesses including Amazon, Wal-Mart, and Publix. Detectives also recovered payments made by Stanfield to her cellphone carrier, insurance company, and various other service providers.
Stanfield was arrested Wednesday and charged with Theft from a Person 65 Years of Older. She was released the same day on a $20,000 bond.