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Ex-DHS employee facing new charge in Tulsa

By The Associated Press Modified: December 3, 2008 at 5:41 am •  Published: December 3, 2008
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p /> Roberts became a temporary guardian for Spencer, a resident of Oak Dale Manor, in 2007, according to court documents. At the time, she had the authority to use his money to pay for his residential care and daily expenses.

Records from a credit union and a bank show that Roberts made cash withdrawals from Spencer's accounts after her guardianship ended, an affidavit states.

In that case, Roberts was arrested Sept. 24 and released from jail on $50,000 bond. She awaits a Dec. 30 preliminary hearing.

Roberts, of Chelsea, also is a defendant in a Tulsa County lawsuit filed in September on behalf of the estate of evangelist Martha "Vicki" Peterson, who died in January at 71. The lawsuit alleges that Peterson's financial assets were depleted during a guardianship.

DHS, which had been Peterson's guardian, and Judith Upjohn, in whose home Peterson lived, also are defendants. The agency and Upjohn have denied allegations of negligence and of conspiring to defraud Peterson.

Roberts filed a response asserting that she used "the highest degree of good faith and fair dealing toward Vicki Peterson and her property," as approved by a court.

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