Athens woman accused of mishandling man's finances
An Athens woman was incarcerated in the Bradford County Jail Monday after police found she used a man's credit card, checking and savings account for her own purposes while acting as his agent under power of attorney.
Ashley A. Perry, 25, was arraigned Monday on ten counts of access device fraud, three counts each of theft by unlawful taking, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, theft by deception and receiving stolen property and one count of forgery, according to a criminal affidavit filed by Athens Township police with Magisterial District Judge Michael Shaw's office. Perry was remanded to the county jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Police said they were contacted by a woman now serving as the agent for a male victim who revoked Perry's power of attorney in July. The woman and the victim's attorney had noticed several questionable transactions during Perry's time as the man's agent, between Oct. 2011 and July, police said.
According to police, Perry is accused of making a total of $20,839.40 in purchases using the victim's credit card, including nearly $6,200 at one local store to purchase bath salts and synthetic marijuana.
Police said Perry withdrew a total of $47,300 from the victim's savings account between March and July. In addition, police said $47,957.36 in payments from the victim's checking account were recorded between Dec. 2011 and July 2012, including $12,550 in checks written out to Perry.
Police said Perry received $125 per week for her services and had permission to use the victim's vehicle to take him to doctor appointments, go to the store for him and pay his bills as part of their agreement. However, police found that Perry made several unauthorized purchases, including bath salts, synthetic marijuana, a computer, restaurant and movie theater visits, police said.
Perry's preliminary hearing before Judge Shaw, originally scheduled for Sept. 11, has been continued to Sept. 18, according to information filed in district court.
Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.