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July 12, 2013
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Woman accused of theft

A 59-year-old Gardnerville woman faces two felonies in connection with the alleged theft of a Social Security check from a man for whom she cared in a nursing home.

Pamela Jan Benner is charged with theft from a person 60 or older and uttering a forged instrument.

According to reports, Benner is accused of taking a $1,188 Social Security check from the 75-year-old victim who was a resident at Gardnerville Health and Rehabilitation Center.

The theft occurred in December when Benner was employed as a certified nursing assistant. According to facility officials, she has since been fired for failing to show up for work.

Benner is accused of taking the check, forging the victim’s signature, and signing it over to herself before depositing in her account.

The victim reported the missing check, and was issued a replacement. In April, he was denied Social Security payment because both checks had been cashed.

That led the investigation to Benner. She claimed that the victim asked her to cash the check, and she gave him the money. The victim denied her claim.

■ A 56-year-old woman on probation for drug possession was arrested July 9 in connection with a theft from Walmart.

Adelina Osorio and a second suspect were observed acting suspiciously, according to store personnel. They were selecting DVDs, and placing them in the bottom of a reusable shopping bag.

They paid for food items, but left the store without paying for the other objects. Store personnel stopped the suspects outside and recovered 18 stolen DVDs, razors and refills valued at nearly $175.

Osorio is on probation for a felony possession after admitting she smuggled methamphetamine into Douglas County Jail in a body cavity. She was ordered held in Douglas County Jail by Nevada parole and probation.


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