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Lincoln attorney again charged with bilking vulnerable adult

January 26, 2020 GMT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln attorney has again been charged with bilking a vulnerable adult out of thousands of dollars.

Christine Vanderford, 47, is accused of stealing more than $36,000 from a 70-year-old woman before the woman’s 2018 death in a Lincoln hospice center, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. Court records show Vanderford was charged Friday in Lancaster County District Court with abuse of a vulnerable adult and felony theft.

Lincoln police spokeswoman, Officer Erin Spilker, said the latest investigation into Vanderford began in September when Tabitha Health reported concerns about Vanderford, who was related to the woman and had been her power of attorney while she lived at the hospice center.

Police say that between May 2014 and August 2018, Vanderford made 26 cash withdrawals, 61 money transfers and wrote herself four checks on the woman’s account for a total of $36,813. During the same time, the woman also received $93,000 in Social Security benefits, of which Vanderford only put $11,635 toward the woman’s care, police said.

Vanderford’s preliminary hearing is set for Feb. 20.

At the time of her latest charges, Vanderford was already awaiting trial on similar charges after being accused of taking more than $60,000 from a developmentally disabled woman.