Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Schuylkill County Woman Accused of Stealing from Grandmother

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane today announced that agents from her office have arrested a Schuylkill County woman accused of stealing $11,400 in Social Security benefits from her grandmother, who has dementia and was not capable of consenting to the withdrawals from her bank account.

Kelly McAlonis, 41, 1225 W. Market St., Pottsville, is charged with one count each of theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

From November 2013 to June 2014, McAlonis personally drove her grandmother from her nursing home to her bank to make $1,000 withdrawals for her own use, according to the criminal complaint.

McAlonis was arrested Feb. 13, arraigned before Magisterial District Judge David Rossi and released on $5,000 unsecured bail.

She will be prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Michelle Laucella of the Criminal Prosecutions Section.

To report possible crimes against Pennsylvania senior citizens or for information on elder abuse, contact the Attorney General's Elder Abuse Hotline at (866) 623-2137 or visitwww.attorneygeneral.gov .

The Attorney General's Elder Abuse Unit investigates and prosecutes those who would cheat, deceive or abuse older Pennsylvanians. Senior safety tips are available here .

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