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May court date scheduled for woman charged with stealing from relative with dementia

Whatever happened in the case of Christina Marie Christopher, the woman charged with stealing money from an elderly relative with dementia?

— JoAnn C.

According to court records, Christopher's next court date is in the first week of May, JoAnn.

Those same records show a jury trial had been slated for Tuesday, Feb. 13, but that it was canceled. Now a jury trial has been scheduled for 8 a.m. May 1. That's as of Sunday and could again change, however.

Christopher is accused of stealing more than $236,000 over a 2 1/2 year period. The 69-year-old man she stole from was a relative, and she had assumed his care and power of attorney, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department.

The department's year-long investigation into Christopher began with a referral from Adult Protective Services on Sept. 1, 2015, with concerns raised that Christopher was using the victim’s financial resources for personal gain.

An investigation that included the examination of numerous records and interviews with several witnesses showed Christopher spent more than $131,000 from the victim’s accounts over a period of approximately 2 1/2 years, and that took out more than $105,000 in credit in the victim’s name. She used the stolen funds to acquire real estate and to purchase goods and services for her own use, police have said. Christopher turned herself in on Sept. 5, 2016. She is not in the Jackson County Jail.

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