Punxsutawney, PA – A Punxsutawney man was arrested for theft from an elderly woman.
33-year-old Jay Alexander Philliber had been acting as the power of attorney for 72-year-old Joannne M. Garrett of Punxsutawney.
From 2015 onward, he reportedly stole $350,000 in both cash and merchandise from the woman.
Because he was power of attorney, he was able to withdraw funds and made numerous check and credit card purchases using her personal identification.
The victim’s son learned that Philliber was taking the money when he reviewed his mother’s bank documents. The son discovered that a short time after learning that the victim was suffering from dementia, Philliber began to remove money from her account.
Philliber is also accused of charging about $90,000 on the woman’s credit card for hotels, bars, tobacco products, and many other items.