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Sheriff: Caregiver Accused Of Stealing From Legally Blind Woman

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — A caregiver is accused of stealing $162,200 from a legally blind, 88-year-old woman.

St. Lucie County Sheriff’s officials say 42-year-old Maria Daley was arrested Friday and released from jail Saturday on $50,000 bail.

Investigators say the woman hired Daley as a caregiver, intending to give her $200 a week. The woman told detectives that Daley filled out the checks and she signed them, though she couldn’t see well enough to read them.

Sheriff Ken Mascara says Daley used the money to pay her mortgage and for other living expenses. He says the thefts occurred between July 2012 and June 2013.

The woman’s son discovered the thefts by examining her bank account records. He has since moved his mother to Massachusetts.

A phone number was not available for Daley.

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