LOUISBURG -- Authorities arrested someone they allege swindled a disabled woman out of money and her car.
On May 5, Butner police arrested Ellen Page Newton, 54, of Louisburg, charging her with two counts of exploiting the trust of a disabled or elderly person and 16 counts of obtaining property by false pretense.
Franklin County investigators took out warrants for Newton's arrest after someone with actual power of attorney for the victim alerted authorities that Newton had been illegally trying to do the same thing.
Authorities relied upon court records regarding the woman's true power of attorney and was assisted by the county Department of Social Services' Adult Protective Services to investigate the case.
Authorities allege that Newton had somehow fabricated documents that depicted she had power of attorney over the victim, described as an 82-year-old woman.
Newton, authorities said, was cashing checks in the woman's name -- going back to at least December -- totalling almost $4,000.
Authorities also believe Newton sold the woman's car.
Newton is not related to the victim, said Franklin County Sheriff's Office Major Jarrett Umstead, but knows the victim.
Newton was going through Butner when authorities there made the warranted arrest.
Newton was placed in the Granville County Jail in lieu of a $350,000 bond. She is next slated to appear in Franklin County District Court on May 21.