by Sheila Gardner

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February 11, 2013
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Woman denies embezzling from elderly

A 29-year-old former bank teller pleaded not guilty Monday to allegations that she embezzled more than $60,000 from elderly patrons, some of whom suffered from dementia.

Jeanne Ann Dey of Indian Hills faces four counts: three charges of embezzlement involving a victim age 60 or older, and one count of embezzlement.

The crimes reportedly took place in 2010 and 2011.

Dey is accused of setting up accounts, then archiving the accounts so the victims didn't receive statements.

She would then allegedly withdraw money from the accounts.

Judge Michael Gibbons set alternate dates for a trial which is expected to last 4-5 days. The first date is April 23, depending on whether a scheduled trial is vacated.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, the thefts came to light when the relative of an account holder who died, discovered $8,000 had been withdrawn from her mother's account within 12 hours of her death.

The daughter said that the withdrawal occurred on Aug. 23 using a forged withdrawal slip.

According to the criminal complaint, Dey is accused of embezzling $16,000 from the 82-year-old victim who died; $29,000 from an 89-year-old man and his 85-year-old wife, and $8,000 from an 83-year-old man and his 86-year-old wife.

The fourth count involves $13,675 from a victim who is not elderly.

The losses were covered by the bank which is out $58,675, according to court documents.

Dey is out of custody on $50,000 bail.

Her attorney, Ron Cauley, asked Monday that his client be allowed to relocate to Houston where she has a job lined up which reportedly pays $125,000 a year.

He asked that her trial be set out to enable her to save money, and help with expenses.

Cauley declined to answer prosecutor Karen Dustman's inquiry whether Dey's potential employer knows of the charges she is facing.

"We were not aware of the fact she's proposing to move to Texas," Dustman said Monday. "I don't know if the employer is aware of pending charges. How realistic is it to have a job with a pending four-count felony?"

Gibbons allowed Dey to leave Nevada, but said she must provide her address and telephone number, and keep in contact with her lawyer.

Dustman asked for a speedy trial date, noting "the victims are extremely elderly with failing memories and failing health."

Cauley said negotiations were ongoing with the district attorney's office, but he was not confident that a resolution could be reached.

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