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KINGMAN – A Kingman woman is accused of stealing money from two patients who resided at the Gardens Rehab and Care Center in Kingman.

 

Lisa Leeann Bojan-Peters was arrested Nov. 14 and booked into jail on theft charges.

“Investigators believe that Peters exploited the diminished mental capacity of the victims, who were 87 and 86 years of age,” said Kingman Deputy Police Chief Rusty Cooper. “Bojan-Peters had a friendly relationship with one of the victims and had been using both victims’ bank accounts and credit cards to make personal purchases and payments.”

Cooper said one victim lost more than $10,000 and the other lost more than $3,200.

Bojan-Peters’ employment as social services director ended in September. Facility administrator Amy Elsbury said police were contacted in October when a routine audit of patient financial accounts detected suspicious activity.

“I'm really grateful how quickly the police responded and reacted to this so this won’t happen to anybody else,” Elsbury said. “We do our best to protect our residents. This is sickening because I believe I have a calling to help elderly people who can’t help themselves.”

Elsbury said a review of other accounts has determined that no other residents were victimized. She said the unfortunate incident shines light on the need to recognize, respect and protect the vulnerability of the elderly.

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