A Bellefonte woman reportedly stole more than $6,000 from her grandmother over a six-month period, according state police at Philipsburg.
Maureen Confer, 41, used her grandmother’s debit card without her permission or knowledge from April 2017 to September 2017, according to police.
The woman told police she suspected Confer was taking the debit card from her purse while she was sleeping. The woman contacted her bank in the fall to get her balance on the card, which is when she realized her account was short about $6,000. She also contacted the Office of Aging in the fall to review her bank statements.
Police interviewed the Office of Aging employee that pored over the woman’s bank statements and the employee said the woman was able to positively identify the charges that she did not make herself. The total amount came to $6,587.95.
The grandmother told the Office of Aging that Confer admitted to stealing the card from her and making unauthorized charges to her debit card.
When Confer was confronted by her grandmother about the charges, Confer begged her not to contact authorities in fear that she may be incarcerated by her parole officer, according to police.
Confer is now an inmate at Muncy state prison, where she was sent in December 2017. She was on parole after pleading guilty to felony drug and misdemeanor child endangerment charges in Clinton County in 2013. She served the minimum eight months of her sentence, but was paroled before serving the maximum of five years, according to court records.
Confer is scheduled to be arraigned before District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker on March 16. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 21.