A west suburban woman was convicted Tuesday of stealing more than $15,000 from her elderly mother’s bank account.
A Kane County jury convicted Monica T. Ogen, 54, of felony exploitation of an elderly or disabled person, according to a statement from the Kane County state’s attorney’s office.
Prosecutors claimed that Ogen took between $15,000 and $20,000 from her mother’s bank account over the course of 10 months, spending much of it on clothing, restaurant bills and bar tabs.
One transaction at Home Depot totaled more than $2,200, while Ogen also made a series of transactions at Carson Pirie Scott worth about $1,400, prosecutors said.
At the time of the thefts between August 2009 and June 2010, Ogen’s elderly mother was infirm and lived in a care center, authorities said.
After she was charged, Ogen admitted under oath that she took the money without permission and wrote a letter of apology to her mother, who died in 2012, authorities said.
Ogen, of the 1-99 block of North Mallory Street in Batavia, faces a sentence of probation, a combination of probation and jail or between three and seven years in prison. She could also be ordered to pay restitution to her mother’s trust.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 9, the state’s attorney’s office said.
“As our population grows older and the number of elderly people in our community increases, so does the opportunity to exploit them. But anyone who sees an elder as an easy target should know that this office makes a priority of defending the most vulnerable among us,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in a prepared statement.