Financial caretaker allegedly rips off special needs clients | The Verde Independent – Arizona News

Financial caretaker allegedly rips off special needs clients | The Verde Independent – Arizona News

SEDONA – A Sedona woman has been arrested after allegedly ripping off her special needs clients.

In May, personnel from Adult Protective Services (APS) contacted Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office to report allegations of fraud and theft by 39-year-old Krista Cline, according to a YCSO news release.

Between January 2016, and May 2017, while acting as a conservator/guardian in a licensed fiduciary capacity, Cline transferred more than $100,000 above and beyond her fees, services, and costs from the accounts of two victims for personal use. Only Cline had access to the victim’s accounts during that time frame.

The first victim was a female client residing in a special needs care home, according to the release. Cline had been appointed by the court as the client’s conservator and guardian from Sept.01, 2016, until she passed away in January 2017. Overall, more than $76,000 was moved from this client’s account by Cline and these funds were above and beyond the cost of housing and fiduciary services Cline was entrusted to handle. Even after the client died, Cline continued to transfer money to her personal accounts. The court had declared this client mentally and physically unable to care for herself or handle finances making her a vulnerable adult. A fiduciary is not allowed to take gifts or benefit from the client outside of the fiduciary fees and costs of care.

In the second case, Cline was appointed as conservator for a male special needs client from January 2016 until March 2017 when she was fired by the client for theft, according to the release. During that time, Cline transferred more than $30,000 above and beyond her fees, services, and…

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