FALL RIVER (CBS) – A Taunton woman who stole about $75,000 from their elderly neighbor over a two-year period was convicted and sentenced on multiple charges Wednesday in Fall River Superior Court.
The Bristol County District Attorney’s office announced Thursday that Julie Krajewski, 41, pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery, two counts of uttering and a charge of larceny over $250 by single scheme.
Krajewski’s attorney sought no jail time and probation with restitution. However, prosecutors were seeking a 1-to-4 year sentence in addition to probation with restitution.
Superior Court Judge Rene Dupuis sentenced her to 2 1/2 years in the Bristol County House of Corrections.
The judge also placed Krajewski on 10 years probation and ordered her to begin paying restitution on a weekly basis.
“Our office strongly believes anyone who preys upon and victimize the elderly must face severe consequences. This victim saved up money her entire life in order to comfortably enjoy her senior years and placed trust in the defendant, by allowing her inside of her home,” said District Attorney Thomas Quinn. “To manipulate that trust in order to rob her of her money is unconscionable and reprehensible.
“This office will continue to argue for harsh penalties for anyone convicted of committing crimes against our most vulnerable citizens, whether they be children, the elderly or the handicapped.”
Between 2011 and 2013, Krajewski was welcomed inside her elderly neighbor’s home to help her with daily activities.
The 90-year-old victim kept her checkbook in a kitchen drawer, and Krajewski had routinely been taking checks out of order to conceal her crimes and writing them out to herself.
She cashed the unauthorized checks at Webster Bank and Bristol County Savings Bank in Taunton.