UPDATE: Cutler, Ohio woman pleads guilty to theft, sentenced to jail

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BARLOW TWP., Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE 9/12/18

Hope Thomas, 27, of Cutler, Ohio, was sentenced to 120 days of incarceration and one year of community control Wednesday in Washington County Common Pleas Court.

She received two days of credit for time served and will also have to pay restitution costs to the victim as well as court costs.

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A Cutler, Ohio woman is out on bond after deputies say she stole funds from an elderly man she was helping in Barlow Township.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says on Feb. 27, 2018, a detective began investigating the possible theft of funds from an elderly man in Barlow Township who had helpers at his home helping with daily activities.

The victim told the detective that in January 2018, a check was returned for non-sufficient funds, at which time the man requested help from law enforcement.

The detective looked at the victim's bank and debit card records and found numerous ATM withdrawals of $400 and $500 each, which the victim said he did not authorize.

The victim's bank records also showed multiple debit card payments to AEP Ohio, DISH Satellite and other utility providers which the victim did not use.

Detectives discovered one of the victim's main helpers was Hope Thomas, 27, of Cutler, Ohio, had been helping the victim for over a year with finances, including writing checks for his bills and buying his groceries.

When detectives interviewed Thomas and showed her evidence from the victim's financial records, she admitted to using approximately $5,700 from the victim's bank account to pay her utility bills and get cash, without the victim's permission.

Thomas was then arrested and charged with Theft From the Elderly or Disabled and Misuse of a Credit Card, both 4th degree felonies.

She was later released from the Washington County Jail on $2,500 bond.

She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 14.

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