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Woman charged in elder abuse case

BELLEVILLE - A 33-year-old Belleville woman faces charges of theft, fraud and breach of trust after a six-month police investigation into the handling of her parents' finances.

Police said the investigation began after a relative complained of suspicious financial transactions involving a woman who held power of attorney over the woman's parents' property.

More than $10,000 was misappropriated and several purchases “deemed to be a breach of the fiduciary duties” of someone acting as power of attorney were made, police reported in a news release.

The woman was charged Tuesday and released from custody pending a court appearance Nov. 13.

Police are not releasing her name in order to protect the identities of the seniors.

Both are now in a long-term care home and their finances are controlled by Ontario's Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, a branch of the attorney general's ministry.

City police advise anyone concerned about elder abuse to call them at 613-966-0882 or to make an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 613-969-8477.

They also recommend calling the Elder Abuse Prevention Support Line at 1-855-542-1336 for confidential peer support for elder abuse victims in eastern Ontario and the websites of the Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly at and respectively.

The Belleville Intelligencer