MIDDLEBURG — A former Selinsgrove personal care home administrator will spend 23 months on intermediate punishment for pleading no contest to stealing money from an elderly resident.

“To take advantage of the old and infirm is inexcusable,” Snyder County Senior Judge Harold F. Woelfel Jr. said during Monday’s hearing after Linda A. Sullivan, 61, of Elizabethville, entered the plea.

She had faced up to 23 months in county jail following her December 2010 conviction on three counts of felony theft and one count of misappropriation of property for stealing more than $20,000 from Francis Simonoski, a resident of Loving Care Nursing Center. Simonoski has since died.

Sullivan, wife of Thomas Pregent, president of the corporation that operated Loving Care at 308 S. Market St., Selinsgrove, was accused of using Simonoski’s money to buy a van that she placed in her name.

Following her conviction and sentence, which also included seven years of probation, 30 hours each month of community service and a $50,000 fine, Sullivan hired new attorneys, Stephen Becker, of Lewisburg, and Edward “E.J.” Rymsza, of Williamsport, and was granted a new trial due to errors made by her trial attorney.

In court Monday to deliver a no-contest plea to one count of theft in exchange for the dismissal of the other charges, Sullivan tearfully told the court, “I can’t apologize enough.”

For the complete story, see Tuesday's edition of The Daily Item.

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