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Bloomfield woman used power of attorney to steal thousands from sister, detectives say

Megan Guza
| Monday, April 9, 2018, 2:06 p.m.

A Pittsburgh woman used her power of attorney to take more than $30,000 from her ailing sister's bank account, spending the money at casinos, supermarkets, bars and restaurants, according to a criminal complaint filed against the woman.

Linda Monroe, 59, of Bloomfield is charged with theft and misappropriation of funds, accused of using $33,127 of her 86-year-old sister's money toward her own purchases and gambling habit.

Monroe told a detective from the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office that she'd been depressed after the death of her dog, according to the complaint.

“She went to the casino to take her mind off of things,” detectives wrote in the complaint. “She took many cash withdrawals there hoping to win back the money she lost but she did not.”

Nearly $20,000 of the stolen money was withdrawn via an ATM, according to the complaint. Among other places, Monroe allegedly spent $329 at Aldi, $430 at Best Buy, $103 at Eat'n Park and $276 at a Giant Eagle Market District.

Monroe said she'd told her sister that she had stolen the money and though her sister forgave her, she wanted the money paid back, according to the complaint.

Monroe turned herself in to police Monday.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8519, mguza@tribweb.com or via Twitter @meganguzaTrib.

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