Woman charged with stealing $100,000 from elderly couple
A 41-year-old woman accused of stealing nearly $100,000 from an elderly couple appeared in Magistrates' Court yesterday.
Barbara Tannock, of Middle Road, Southampton, faced ten counts of theft and two counts of money laundering, against Albertine and Vorhees Place.
She was not required to enter a plea as her case must be dealt with by the Supreme Court. Crown counsel Cindy Clarke said Ms Tannock stole repeatedly from the couple between July 2009 and January 10, 2010.
Mrs Place, the surviving complainant, is now 84 years old. The thefts allegedly began with $13,000 taken on July 20, 2009, and then a further $5,000 between July 29 and August 7.
A series of thefts from Mrs Place alone were then read to the court: $12,500 between August 28 and September 11; $1,000 on September 9; $20,000 between November 20 and 26; $2,000 and $4,000 on November 25; $10,000 between December 17 to January 10, 2010; $21,000 on January 25, and $10,000 between September 28, 2009 to December 14.
Ms Tannock is accused of taking $98,500 in total.
She is also charged with attempting to convert or transfer the money, between November 20 and 26, 2009 and December 17, 2009 and January 9, 2010, to avoid prosecution for theft.
Senior Magistrate Archibald Warner released Ms Tannock on $10,000 bail and one surety and restricted her from travelling. He ordered her to return to court on May 20.
Ms Tannock was also fined $215 on a separate speeding charge. She was represented by Larry Mussenden.