Judge vacates plea of caregiver accused of stealing over $250k from 98-year-old Dallas woman

By Joe Dolinsky - jdolinsky@timesleader.com


    By Joe Dolinsky


    WILKES-BARRE — A county judge Tuesday vacated the plea of a Luzerne caretaker who previously pleaded guilty to charges she stole over a quarter of a million dollars while providing care to an elderly Dallas woman.

    Sharon Mae Jacobosky, 72, of Carpenter Street, pleaded guilty to a felony count of theft on Feb. 8 in Luzerne County Court before Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr.

    Court records show the judge vacated the plea Tuesday. The matter was continued for a status conference scheduled for May 9.

    Police said Jacobosky allegedly stole more than $258,000 while acting as the 98-year-old woman’s caregiver between 2009 and 2011.

    According to an affidavit:

    Jacobosky, hired in 2009, was the caregiver and had power of attorney for Clemetine Moseman, 98, of 41 Machell Ave., Dallas. After several thousand dollars were found missing in 2011, Jacobosky was replaced as power of attorney by Evelyn Hannon, who reported the theft to Dallas Borough police on Dec. 9, 2011.

    An audit was performed by the Institute of Protective Services at Temple University on the bank accounts of Moseman and her disabled daughter, Pamela Wehrenberg, which analyzed transactions at several area banks.

    The audit showed Jacobosky received and used approximately $258,538 of Moseman’s funds between 2009 and 2011.

    A review of checks written during that time period showed nearly all were made out to cash and endorsed by Moseman with a secondary endorsement by Jacobosky. Some are endorsed by Jacobosky only and others were endorsed by Moseman only, but deposited into Jacobosky’s accounts.

    Reach Joe Dolinsky at 570-991-6110 or on Twitter @JoeDolinskyTL

    Reach Joe Dolinsky at 570-991-6110 or on Twitter @JoeDolinskyTL

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