A home care provider in Maryland has pleaded guilty to charges that she stole money from an aging client. Sherry Jean Martin was hired to care for a 100-year-old elderly gentleman but instead she stole more than $20,000 from him. She was charged with over 30 felony counts of forgery and obtaining money by false pretenses.
Sherry Martin was sentenced to 25 years in prison, with all but seven months of that sentence being suspended, meaning she will spend a few months in prison and has also been ordered to pay restitution to the victim in this case.
According to the Daily News-Record news blog, Woman Admits To Stealing From Centenarian, written by Pete Delea:
“As part of a plea deal, Martin pleaded guilty to two felony counts of forgery and two felony counts of obtaining money by false pretenses.
Judge T.J. Wilson sentenced Martin to 25 years in prison with all but seven months suspended.
Rockingham County sheriff’s deputies arrested Martin on Oct. 12.
She made her first court appearance Monday in Rockingham County General District Court.
Angela MacFarlane, assistant commonwealth’s attorney, told Wilson that the investigation began after the victim, John Schneider, noticed discrepancies with his checking account over the summer.”
All totaled, Ms. Martin stole $21,470 from this aging client over the course of under a year. The victim, John Schneider, had hired a home care agency, Continuing Care, for whom Sherry Martin had been working at the time. When she began working with Mr. Schneider, she started writing checks from his personal checking account and cashing them.
In her sworn affidavit, Ms. Martin admitted she stole this money from her victim to purchase methamphetamine. This isn’t the first time Sherry Martin had been charged with fraud. She also pled to a felony charge of obtaining money by false pretenses in 2008. However, this took place in Alford County where a defendant does not admit guilt, but concedes that there is likely enough evidence that would lead to a conviction.
During that case, Sherry Martin was sentenced to three years in prison, but that entire sentence was suspended. In that case there were seven victims and she was ordered to repay the $2,128.50 she stole from all of them.
In another unrelated case, prosecutors alleged that Sherry Martin once sought donations claiming her daughter had a serious medical condition. She received about $1,000 from local fundraising efforts, including from the Spotswood High School’s Student Council Association.
Ms. Martin surrendered herself to the Rockingham County Jail to begin serving her sentence.