OKC woman accused of stealing thousands from assisted living patient

Federal grand jury indicts Monica M. Brown, 39, of conspiracy, mail fraud and forgery, alleging she and a co-worker raided the bank account of a 96-year-old they befriended.
by Tim Willert Published: November 9, 2012
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A woman who worked at an assisted living facility in Bethany is accused in a federal indictment of stealing more than $72,000 from a 96-year-old patient she befriended, a federal indictment alleges.

Monica Michelle Brown, 39, of Oklahoma City, is accused of conspiring with a co-worker to steal nearly $31,000 from the unidentified patient's bank account without the patient's knowledge, mail fraud and forgery, federal prosecutors allege in the indictment, returned Wednesday.

Beginning early last year, Brown and alleged co-conspirator James Lester Hausam used a computer to write checks made out to themselves and third parties, and then have the bank mail the checks to them, prosecutors said in the charging document.

Two such checks, totaling nearly $30,591.38, were made payable to Hausam, according to the indictment. A third check in the amount of $15,500 was made payable to a car dealership, which Hausam used to buy a 2006 Hummer H3 in his name, prosecutors alleged.

Brown also is charged with two counts of mail fraud. In March and April 2011, she requested two checks totaling $17,565 that were drawn on the patient's bank account be mailed to her, according to the indictment.

Brown also is charged with five counts of forgery, accused of forging the patient's signature on five blank checks totaling $13,774.22, and making them payable to herself and her daughter, prosecutors allege.

Attempts to reach Brown on Friday were unsuccessful.

The federal public defender assigned to Brown's case declined to comment Friday. Hausam's attorney did not return calls for comment.

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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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