A Homer City woman is accused of abusing her power of attorney over her mother and trying to take all the money for herself over a five-year time period.
State Police in Indiana say 48-year-old Kimberly Fulton of Homer City had shared power of attorney for 73-year-old Shirley Kobak of Indiana with her siblings, but altered the power of attorney documents to take control of Kobak’s finances. When the other siblings found out they had no access to Kobak’s accounts, Aging Services were called in. State Police said they, along with Aging Services and case worker Karla Shaffer discovered that Fulton had liquidated a $125,000 life insurance policy and deposited the money into her own accounts. Fulton is also accused of taking Kobak’s social security and black lung benefit checks, and after paying Kobak’s expenses, took the rest for her own personal use.
Police say that the total amount stolen over the five-years on the checks alone was $57,746. Fulton was arrested Thursday, Oct. 31, and arraigned before District Judge Susanne Steffee. She was able to post $150,000 bond.