GRANTS PASS, Ore. — A years-long investigation into possible elder abuse has ended with the arrest of a woman now accused of stealing thousands from the elderly victim, according to the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety.
In May of 2018, GPDS says that it received a report about possible elder abuse. The report came after the alleged victim had passed away when family members learned that 61-year-old Sydney Marie Wilder, an acquaintance of the victim, "had unlawfully obtained funds from the victim’s bank account."
The investigation took detectives two and a half years to complete due to the complexity of the case.
"At the conclusion, it was determined Wilder had financially exploited the victim’s age, vulnerabilities and poor health," GPDPS said.
During the last few years of the victim’s life, Wilder allegedly stole more than $120,000.
At the end of the investigation, detectives sent the case on to the Josephine County District Attorney's office for review and filing of charges. On Wednesday, the case went before a grand jury, ending in an indictment for Wilder on five counts of Aggravated Theft in the First Degree, one count Theft in the First Degree, and six counts of Forgery in the First Degree.
Officers arrested wilder on Thursday and booked her into the Josephine County Jail.
"Grants Pass Department of Public Safety would like to thank the victim’s family for their patience and assistance and to remind the public that financially exploiting the elderly is a felony offense," the agency said. "Cases such as this are fully investigated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."
Anyone with additional information on this case, or similar incidents, is asked to call the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety at 541-450-6260.