Family friend accused of stealing thousands from woman with dementia

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OKLAHOMA – It’s a story that will make you mad.

A woman taken from her nursing home straight to the bank to withdrawal thousands in cash.

Police said it was taken by someone they considered a friend.

The victims are a disabled veteran and his wife who has dementia.

She was taken from the Midwest City Nursing Center.

Now, $4,500 is gone.

It’s money they don’t believe they’ll ever see again.

“They’re just trying to survive with the fact she suffers from dementia, he’s disabled,” said Chief Brandon Clabes with the Midwest City Police Department.

Police said that’s what makes this case all the more heartbreaking.

An elderly couple’s savings wiped out.

“These white collar crimes typically, they prey on the elderly or the ones they can take advantage of, and that’s this case,” Clabes said.

Marie Jones was staying at the Midwest City Nursing Center when police said Natasha Young, a family friend, checked her out and took her to a nearby credit union.

Police said they first went to the drive-thru and then Young took Marie inside.

“He (Morse Jones) was checking his bank account and realized their entire savings had been taken out,” Clabes said.

$4,500 gone.

A NewsChannel 4 crew went to the suspect’s last known address.

She wasn’t there, but a friend helped us reach her by phone.

Young declined a recorded interview, but she told us she did take Marie to the bank.

However, she said she doesn’t know what happened to the money.

“We asked her (Young) if she would be willing to pay it back, and she said absolutely, but she wouldn’t be willing to take a polygraph,” Clabes said.

Young told us she would be willing to pay it back.

She said she feels responsible since she is the one who took Marie to the bank, but she is adamant she did not take the money.

“They took advantage of her condition,” said Morse, Marie’s husband.

Morse has since moved his wife out of the Midwest City Nursing Center.

He said it’s sad to think anyone would do this, especially someone his wife trusted.

“We didn’t figure that my wife would have friends that would try to take advantage of her,” Morse said.

Young is charged with two counts of exploitation of the elderly.

She turned herself in and bonded out Wednesday.

She has pleaded not guilty.

Young told us she cares deeply for the Jones’ and she would never do anything to hurt them.

We tried to talk with officials at the Midwest City Nursing Center.

They told us they are looking in to what happened.


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