Daughter sentenced for taking $650k from her mom

Posted at 4:30 PM, Jun 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 19:47:15-04

A woman has been sentenced for stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her mother.

Investigators from the Adult Protective Services branch of the Arizona Department of Economic Security were alerted in 2013 by a Valley bank to suspicious activity in the account of 93-year-old Wanda Adams after its balance dropped to $800.

Officials said 58-year-old Janine Adams, who had access to her mother's account and power of attorney, withdrew a total of more than $650,000 from Wanda's checking account in a total of 59 electronic transfers between September 2012 and August 2013.

Authorities said Adams used the money to buy "truckloads" of merchandise from online outlets such as eBay and the Home Shopping Network, according to a news release.

Adams was indicted in Maricopa County in December 2015 and entered a guilty plea in April.

She has been sentenced to three years in prison and supervised probation.

Wanda died in 2014, and her son Bill told APS investigators his mother suffered unnecessary duress due to the result of the crime.