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York-Poquoson Courthouse
York-Poquoson Courthouse

A woman faces up to 100 years in prison for manipulating a 92-year-old woman with memory problems into writing her checks last year.

Michele Lee Conley, 43, pleaded guilty to 10 counts of forgery and uttering Thursday, each of which hold a maximum sentence of 10 years.

Conley, who is from Newport News, was caring for the 92-year-old woman and her husband in their home in York County in August and September when she “tricked” the elderly woman into writing her multiple paychecks throughout the week, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Krystyn Reid.

Reid said Conley also used the woman’s credit card to purchase several personal items. In total, $30,000 was taken from the elderly couple, Reid said.

Conley’s attorney Julie Churchhill said some of the checks were given by permission.

Conley will appear for sentencing on the 10 felony charges at 9 a.m. Aug. 8 in York-Poquoson Circuit Court.

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