Crime

Woman convicted of defrauding disabled man, 65

A 73-year-old Tacoma woman was convicted Thursday of stealing $8,000 from a developmentally disabled man whose finances she was managing.

A Pierce County jury found Elizabeth Jenson guilty of first- and second-degree identity theft and second- and third-degree theft, the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office said.

Jenson faces an exceptional sentence of up to five years in prison after jurors found that the victim, 65-year-old Jack Falk, was particularly vulnerable. She’s to be sentenced May 15.

Jenson, who worked at the Tacoma Rescue Mission, began managing Falk’s finances at his request in 2010, court records show. She paid his bills and gave him a monthly allowance as part of the arrangement.

Falk became suspicious of her last year and had a friend take him to the bank to inquire about his accounts, court records show. He found his money was nearly gone.

Detectives discovered Jenson had made several transfers from Falk’s account to her own and used the money to pay her personal bills, records show.

When confronted, she told detectives she’d lent Falk about $2,000 in 2013 to finance a trip to Disney World and that the money she’d taken was in repayment of the loan, court records show.

Falk, a long-time volunteer at the Tacoma Historical Museum, was in declining health when the case went to trial, but he testified against Jenson last week, prosecutors said. Falk died on Easter.

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