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Auburn woman charged with elder abuse allegedly has numerous victims

By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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An Auburn woman charged with elder abuse could be heading toward a trial and more charges. Sherri Selena Shifflett, 42, was arrested Dec. 22 after allegedly fraudulently cashing one of her elderly housecleaning client’s checks at an Auburn bank. Shifflett was booked on charges of elder abuse, identity theft, burglary and passing or forging documents, all felonies. According to the Auburn Police Department, Shifflett had been working as a housecleaner for an elderly client in Folsom before the woman was moved to a rest home. Although Shifflett had stopped working for the client when she was moved, the woman’s family asked her to return to clean the home again. That is when police believe she obtained the fraudulent check, said Detective Scott Alford. Shifflett is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 26 in Roseville’s Dept. 33 courtroom. During preliminary hearings prosecutors present evidence demonstrating why a case should go to trial. Detective Adam Cline, with the Auburn Police Department, said after the Journal published an article Dec. 27 about Shifflett’s arrest, the department received numerous calls from people in a multitude of areas claiming to be Shifflett’s victims. “I got at least 14 calls,” Cline said. “At this point there are at least six new victims. Some of them are from Sacramento County, Grass Valley, the Auburn area, Citrus Heights and (other areas of) Placer County.” Cline said Shifflett’s alleged previous crimes were somewhat like the crime she was arrested for. “It was similar stuff,” he said. “It was ranging from (taking) small items like personal property, like clothing, jewelry, up to credit cards being used.” Cline said some of the victims confronted Shifflett, and their property was returned, but they never reported incidents to the police. As of Thursday, Cline said Shifflett allegedly spent more than $300 of her victims’ money. Cline said the new alleged victims could mean more charges for Shifflett. “It’s going to be up to the (Placer County District Attorney’s Office) after they receive my report,” he said. Shifflett was in custody in Placer County Jail as of Friday on a $200,000 bail. Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com