Michigan caregiver accused of embezzling thousands from 89-year-old woman

Posted at 1:52 PM, Feb 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-24 14:07:05-05

A Michigan caregiver is facing a number of charges after police say she embezzled thousands of dollars from an 89-year-old Ann Arbor woman.

Ann Arbor police say 61-year-old Cheryl Elaine Smith of Pinckney had access to the woman's financial accounts while she was employed as her caregiver. 

Family discovered significant withdrawals of money from the elderly woman's bank accounts dating back several years and notified police. Police say they confirmed the losses and discovered that Smith stole the money.

Police say Smith also opened credit cards and other accounts in the woman's name. 

Smith was arrested on February 18 and is charged with embezzlement of a vulnerable adult and larceny over $20,000.