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Woman Accused of Stealing $41,000 From Mother-in-Law

Woman Accused of Stealing $41,000 From Mother-in-Law

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- A Roy woman has been arraigned on charges alleging she stole more than $41,000 from her legally blind, 84-year-old mother-in-law under the guise of managing her affairs.

Pamela June Hall, 48, was arraigned Tuesday in 2nd District Court on felony charges of forgery and exploitation of a disabled person. The preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 21 before 2nd District Judge Scott Hadley.

The elderly woman had been living with her son and Hall for about a year, a family member told the Standard-Examiner. The couple had been married about four years.

Suspicious relatives contacted authorities, and investigations began in April. Roy police found 18 checks, allegedly forged, totaling $41,407.

Hall handled her own household's finances as well as her mother-in-law's.

Roy Police Chief Greg Whinham said Hall's husband, a 47-year-old Hill Air Force Base civilian employee now seeking a divorce, was in no way involved.

Family members had to convince him his wife was the source of the financial woes, the family member said.

"It was his first marriage," she said. "He really thought he was in love."

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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