Wis. Woman Accused Of Swindling $50K From Grandma

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — An Eau Claire woman is accused of spending more than $21,000 from her grandmother’s checking account and maxing out four credit cards in the older woman’s name.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jessica S. Sesanto has been charged with felony counts of theft and identity theft. An Eau Claire Leader-Telegram report says she’s due in court next month.

Prosecutors say Sesanto lived with the grandmother for 10 to 12 years until the grandmother entered a nursing home. A relative who checked the grandmother’s financial records suspected that Sesanto was misusing the woman’s funds.

The grandmother says she never opened the credit cards that were in her name and that Sesanto allegedly maxed out for more than $30,000.

Sesanto told investigators she’s addicted to shopping. Online court records didn’t list an attorney for her.

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