Former worker at Edmond retirement center is charged with stealing from resident

Jennifer K. Lases, 40, of Yukon, is accused of taking $600 in cash and a credit card out of a purse belonging to an 89-year-old resident of an assisted living center where she worked, and buying nearly $325 worth of gift cards with the stolen card.
by Tim Willert Modified: November 29, 2012 at 10:13 pm •  Published: November 30, 2012
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A former director of assisted living for an Edmond retirement facility is accused of stealing cash and a credit card from an 89-year-old patient's purse during a fire drill, authorities said.

Jennifer Kennedy Lases, 40, of Yukon, was charged Thursday in Oklahoma County District Court with exploitation of an elderly person or disabled adult and second-degree burglary, court papers show.

Lases is accused of taking $600 and a credit card out of the woman's purse and then charging more than $300 worth of gift cards at an Edmond pharmacy, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The resident, police said, was unable to retrieve her purse during a fire drill and found the cash and credit cards missing when she returned to her room.

The victim's daughter notified Edmond police in September after she saw two unauthorized charges on her mother's credit card bill.

Lases was fired Wednesday from Copper Lake Estates, 1229 Lakeshore Drive, where she worked for a year as director of assisted living, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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