Woman accused of stealing $170,000 from elderly man


A Utica woman was charged with stealing $170,000 while serving as Power of Attorney for a 72-year-old man.

State Police at Oneida said from July 2015 to October 2019, Becky M. Kelsey, 60, was assigned as a Power of Attorney for the man who was residing in Utica, and during that time, she used her ward’s money for her own personal benefit.

In October 2019, Oneida County Surrogate Court removed Kelsey as POA after discrepancies were noted with her ward’s accounts when the ward was admitted into a long-term care facility, state police investigators said. An investigation and audit revealed over $170,000 in monetary discrepancies from the accounts. 

On Tuesday, Kelsey was taken into custody at her residence and charged with one count of second-degree grand larceny, a class D felony.

She was arraigned in Oneida County Centralized Arraignment Court and released on her own recognizance. 


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