Caregiver sent to prison for stealing from elderly woman

An Oak Harbor woman was sent to prison this week for stealing thousands of dollars and a car from an elderly woman she was supposed to be caring for.

Last month, Amarie C. Russell pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court to one count of first-degree theft, four counts of forgery and one count of taking a motor vehicle without permission.

As part of the plea bargain, Russell was supposed to pay $2,500 of $10,000 in restitution to the 93-year-old victim immediately.

When she hadn’t paid by the sentencing hearing, Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Eric Ohme asked that a month be added to her sentence and the judge agreed.

In total, Russell was sentenced to a year and five months in prison.

Russell was the victim’s caregiver for a year and a half. She wrote thousands of dollars of checks to herself from the woman’s account in 2016.

After discovering the fraud, the woman fired Russell. She later realized that her keys and car were missing.

Police officers located the car parked in front of Russell’s trailer home.

Russell told officers she was just borrowing the car to bring her belongings home and had intended to return it.

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