Using Power of Attorney to Steal Money
A relative of mine was given Durable Power of Attorney over my Grandmother’s business transactions and placed as a signer on my grandmother’s bank accounts. We have since found out that she has used these instruments to remove 75K dollars from grandma’s savings. We have been able to recover 50K of it but she is claiming that the remaining 25K was repayment for some repairs she did on one of Grandma’s properties. She never presented receipts for this money or informed Grandma that she took the money out of her accounts. She is claiming her attorney told her to do this.
We don’t know whether to pursue this as a criminal matter. My sister would like to call the DA and report her for elder abuse. We have already spoken to APS about this. Is this something that we should pursue with the DA? Or is this something that would be a civil matter?