A woman has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for defrauding an elderly woman of her life savings.
Tabitha Ruth Smith-McDaniel provided home health care to a North Augusta woman who had suffered a stroke. U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says the caregiver used the woman’s power of attorney to open credit accounts running up significant bills.
Smith-McDaniel also used the woman’s home as collateral for a loan and the home was later repossessed and sold in foreclosure. She also terminated the woman’s life insurance policy and deposited a refund check into her own bank account.
The victim was forced to file for bankruptcy in September 2006. She died shortly thereafter.
Smith-McDaniel pled guilty to mail fraud in September, and in addition to the prison sentence, she was also ordered to pay more than $98,000 restitution to the victim’s estate.