An Augusta woman accused of stealing from an elderly woman she was hired to take of was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday.
Brittany Tuggle, 26, pleaded guilty in Richmond County Superior Court to one count of exploitation of an elderly or disabled person. She has been in jail since her June 30 arrest.
Assistant District Attorney Pete Lamb said Tuggle worked for the 72-year-old victim for about six weeks earlier this year, and the woman noticed things missing from her home and irregularities with her checks.
Tuggle spent $870 from the victim’s debit card, Lamb said, and she forged and cashed a check for $600 and attempted to pass a second check for $800.
The victim had other losses such as about $1,700 in cash and items such as batteries, Lamb said.
Tuggle had no previous felony record, but had two misdemeanor shoplifting convictions, two misdemeanor battery convictions and a pending misdemeanor terroristic threats, according to court records.
Lamb said Tuggle has four children who are now in foster case.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Daniel J. Craig ordered Tuggle to pay $1,470 in restitution.
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