The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

News

January 31, 2013

Investigators: Trusted aide swiped $10,000 from Danville patient

— DANVILLE — A professional caregiver with power of attorney stole more than $10,000 from a bedridden nursing home resident over whom she had power of attorney, and left the victim with only $4.85 in an account, Mahoning Township police said.

Grace A. Zigner, 64, of 500 and 504 S. Vine St., Coal Township, allegedly stole $10,145 from the account of Betty Yoder, 58, of Grandview Health Homes, from June 5, 2009, through Aug. 11.

According to the charges filed by Cpl. Clay Fahringer, Yoder has been bedridden and physically dependent since at least 1999.

Zigner was employed by CRI — a management group providing care to dependent people. She started providing care to Yoder at her Shamokin home in 1999, police said.

Zigner was named power of attorney for Yoder as of May 27, 1999, police said.

Police received a call from Yoder on July 17.

Yoder told them she suspected Zigner was not exercising her power of attorney in her best interest in September 2009 and appointed a relative as her new power of attorney as of Oct. 5, 2009. No one contacted Susquehanna Bank about the change, police said.

According to the charges, Zigner began issuing checks from the account June 5, 2009, and signing them as “Grace A. Zigner POA.”

On June 16, 2009, one day after Yoder was admitted to Grandview, there was a deposit of $15,000 in her account from a life insurance benefit from her deceased husband, Barry.

An audit of 23 checks written by Zigner from Yoder’s account from June 5 through Nov. 16, 2009, showed nine checks appeared to be for legitimate purposes for Yoder’s care, police said.

Fourteen checks totaling $10,145 were issued to cash or to Zigner’s son, Frank L. Doone Jr., police said.

Police said Zigner opened an account with Fingerhut under Yoder’s name and made fraudulent charges totaling $422.

After the final check was issued to Doone on Nov. 16, 2009, only $4.85 remained in the account, police said. Zigner closed the account in December 2011, police said.

On Aug. 27, Zigner voluntarily agreed to be questioned by Mahoning Township police in the Shamokin City Police Department.

She told police she issued checks to her son so he could travel to the bank for Zigner because she doesn’t drive. She admitted she borrowed some of the money but was paying Yoder back by paying Yoder’s monthly phone bill at Grandview.

She estimated she owed Yoder $5,000 to $6,000.

In September, Yoder told Mahoning Township police she was receiving invoices and bills from Fingerhut. She said she never opened a charge account there and suspected Zigner of opening the account in her name.

Police found the account was opened Sept. 25 in Yoder’s name with purchases and deliveries totaling $422. Additional orders totaled $509 but they weren’t processed. The billing address on the account was Zigner’s residence. That address was changed to the nursing home Aug. 11, police said.

Fahringer charged Zigner with theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, acting as power of attorney for her own gain and identity theft.

 

1
Text Only
News
  • vankirk_ted1.jpg “The Japanese were beaten before we even dropped the bomb”

    Compared to the 58 other missions they ran together, the one they were assigned to carry out on Aug. 6, 1945 was easy.
    There would be no return fire, flying conditions were ideal, and if all went according to plan, they would be back to the base in Tinian by nightfall.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Ritz-Craft Ritz-Craft to hire 60 for Mifflinburg plant

    MIFFLINBURG — Sixty jobs are coming to Mifflinburg as a Ritz-Craft production facility that went dark seven years ago amid the housing downturn will come back on line during the next few months, company officials announced Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Selinsgrove man dies when tractor flips in Chapman Township

    PORT TREVORTON — A 57-year-old Selinsgrove man died Tuesday evening when the farm tractor he was driving overturned and pinned him beneath it, according to Snyder County Coroner Bruce Hummel.

    July 29, 2014

  • VanKirk 'Real hero' of World War II dies

    ATLANTA, Ga. — Theodore “Dutch” VanKirk, the last surviving crew member of the Enola Gay, which dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, died Monday of natural causes in the retirement home where he lived in Georgia. He was 93.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Mayor: Rental ban for drug dealers a success

    SUNBURY — A controversial landlord-tenant ordinance passed by the City Council in 2012 has become one of Sunbury’s “better success stories,” Mayor David Persing said Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Mom cited for allegedly leaving baby in car for 12 minutes

    LEWISBURG — A summary citation carrying a maximum fine of $127.50 was filed Tuesday against a Lewisburg woman accused of leaving her 10-month-old baby unattended for 12 minutes in a car in Union County on July 21.

    July 29, 2014

  • Line Mountain district, teachers $1.2M apart in contract talks

    MANDATA — Separate proposals from the Line Mountain School District and its teachers union are $1.2 million apart and not getting any closer, according to Benjamin L. Pratt, the district’s labor counsel at the CGA Law Firm.

    July 29, 2014

  • Road work: Expect traffic delays on Route 54 near Danville

    RIVERSIDE — Motorists in the Danville-Riverside area are advised that a 2.2-mile micro-surfacing project on Route 54 from Riverside borough to Boyd Station in Northumberland County will begin this afternoon.

    July 29, 2014

  • Blood trail leads to stabbing suspect in Montour County

    DANVILLE — Borough police followed a trail of blood along a sidewalk, up a staircase and down a hallway that led to a moaning woman who they say knifed another woman Sunday night.

    July 29, 2014

  • Spencer_Maria1.jpg Maria Spencer charged with murdering her ex-husband

    SELINSGROVE — On Monday, a little more than two years after Frank Spencer was executed outside his Columbia County home, his former wife and her father were charged in his murder and the attempted homicide of Spencer’s girlfriend.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

The Daily Marquee
Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.