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Woman pleads guilty to stealing from ailing sister

May 16, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A 79-year-old West Des Moines woman accused of stealing more than $346,000 from her sister has pleaded guilty.

Polk County District Court records say the written plea from Jewell Davis was filed Monday to a charge of theft. She’d also been charged with dependent adult abuse or exploitation. She’s scheduled to be sentenced June 27. Her trial had been set to begin June 11.

The court records say Davis had power of attorney over her sister’s finances. Her sister was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

The records also say Davis wrote checks to herself on her sister’s account and used money from the sale of her sister’s home to buy two homes. Investigators say in court documents that Davis admitted using her sister’s money for herself.

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