A Homer City-area woman has been charged with pillaging her ailing mother’s benefit checks and other resources for more than four years.
State police charged Kimberly Fulton, 48, on Thursday with three felony counts of theft and a misdemeanor count of tampering with records.
Fulton and her siblings were given power of attorney for their mother, Shirley Kobak, when her health declined, then altered the documents to exclude her siblings from managing Kobak’s affairs, investigators reported.
From October 2008 to this past February, Fulton cashed in her mother’s life insurance policy and her monthly Social Security and black-lung benefit checks, paying Kobak’s expenses and keeping the rest of the funds.
Fulton’s siblings alerted Aging Services of Indiana County when they discovered they had no access to Kobak’s accounts. The ensuing investigation by the agency, a case worker and state police uncovered the theft of $57,746 from Kobak’s accounts, police said.
Fulton was taken before District Judge Susanne Steffee of Homer City District Court for preliminary arraignment on Thursday evening, then was released from Indiana County Jail on Friday after posting $150,000 bond.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 11.
State police reported that a 15-year-old girl fought with a 14-year-old girl and made several verbal threats against the younger girl’s relatives at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at Homer-Center High School, state police reported.
The older girl, whose name was not released, was charged with simple assault, making terroristic threats and harassment, according to troopers at Indiana.
A 15-year-old boy at Purchase Line High School punched and kicked another student in a locker room after football practice at 5 p.m. Thursday, state police at Indiana reported.
The suspect was cited with disorderly conduct and harassment, according to a news release. Troopers did not release the name of either student.
East Wheatfield Township
Steven Berezansky, of Marengo, Ohio, told state police that someone damaged the front and rear doors of a vacant house that he owns at 5 Second St., Seward.
Troopers at Indiana reported the intruders apparently entered the house through the rear door between 1 p.m. Tuesday and 3 p.m. Thursday. Nothing was reported to be missing.
Someone stole six garbage cans full of aluminum cans from the residence of Edward Poso, along the 300 block of Arcadia Road, between 8 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday, and left five of them in the vicinity of his house, state police at Indiana reported.