Woman charged with theft from 101-year-old aunt

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An Indiana Township woman who had power of attorney over her 101-year-old aunt's finances has been charged with stealing more than $21,000 from the woman's bank account.

Kathryn L. Romea, 53, turned herself in Wednesday to detectives from the Allegheny County district attorney's office.

An affidavit charges that Ms. Romea used money that belonged to her aunt, Rose Danielle, for vacations, car payments and various retail purchases.

She was charged with felony counts of theft and access device fraud and was arraigned and released on a non-monetary bond.

Ms. Romea could not be reached Thursday for comment.

Investigators said the illegal activity began in December 2010, when Ms. Romea was granted power of attorney, until that power was revoked in April.

The money Ms. Romea is accused of stealing represents Ms. Danielle's savings and continuing income from Social Security.

The district attorney's investigation came after the county's Department of Human Services was alerted to a problem.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 7.

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