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A former nursing assistant who stole from older people she was supposed to be taking care of pleaded guilty to 12 more felony charges this week.

Terry Lynn Hunter, 44, of Stafford County was convicted Wednesday in Stafford Circuit Court of charges in connection with a 75-year-old woman Hunter met at Marian Manor, an assisted living facility she was working for at the time.

Prosecutor George Elsasser said the victim was a temporary resident at Marian Manor in Stafford who was there for physical rehabilitation in January 2013. Hunter befriended the woman and learned that the victim’s daughter had set up online banking for her.

Hunter somehow got the woman’s credit card numbers, personal identification number and stole several checks from her. She used the PIN number to access the woman’s Wells Fargo bank account and moved money from the victim’s savings to her checking account to cover the fraudulent checks Hunter wrote.

She also used the woman’s credit card information to make purchases from Walmart and a clothing company. Elsasser said the total loss to the victim was about $3,000.

The victim contacted police later that month after receiving her bank and credit card statements and seeing a number of charges she knew nothing about.

When Hunter was confronted by police, Elsasser said, she admitted to everything.

Hunter on Wednesday was convicted of two counts of forgery, two counts of passing forged checks, two counts of obtaining money by false pretenses, three counts of credit card fraud, identity theft, theft of checks and using a computer to commit fraud.

She will be sentenced by Judge Michael Levy on June 10. She will also be sentenced that day on five more felony charges stemming from thefts from another elderly woman Hunter was caring for.

After meeting that woman in August, Hunter used her information to open several credit card accounts. Among the things she paid for was criminal attorney services.

Court records show that Hunter is also under investigation in similar thefts from a third Stafford victim that Hunter began caring for in November.

An affidavit for a search warrant filed in Stafford Circuit Court states that Hunter opened several fraudulent accounts in that victim’s name, including one on the first day she provided care for the woman.

Hunter had similar convictions in North Carolina before coming to Virginia that she hid from prospective employers here, Elsasser said.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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