A 65-year-old Bensalem, Bucks County, woman was arrested Thursday and charged with scamming $300,000 in nursing home payments from her ailing former neighbor to spend on lavish trips, sporting events and even a "comedy hypnotist" show.
Bensalem Police and Bucks County Detectives say they charged Virginia Marquardt, of the 1800 block of Badger Road, with theft by deception, and theft by failing to make payments related to her 67-year-old neighbor's care.
Marquardt was released after posting 10 percent of $300,000 bail.
Investigators say Marquardt used her friendship with the woman to acquire power of attorney as the victim was placed in a nursing home in 2007. Under the power of attorney, Marquardt was designated to control the victim's money and disburse it to the nursing home and related care as needed.