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Foresthill woman jailed for defrauding elderly man

Kelly posed as nurse, took up to $240,000
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A Foresthill woman posing as a nurse was sentenced to jail and ordered to pay back more than $200,000 to an elderly man she defrauded for years. Debra Leigh Kelly, 55, was sentenced to nine months in Placer County Jail, ordered to pay an 85-year-old Foresthill man $240,000 and was put on four years probation for pleading guilty to a felony count of theft or embezzlement from an elder. Kelly also pled guilty to misdemeanor counts of impersonating a licensed vocational nurse and practicing a trade without a valid license. Placer County Superior Court Judge Frances Kearney also banned Kelly from being in the presence of elderly adults unless there is a legal guardian or licensed caregiver there to supervise. Kelly repaid $30,400 of the money she took and has $209,600 left to repay, according to Art Campos, spokesman for the Placer County District Attorney’s Office. Kelly, who falsely advertised herself as a licensed vocational nurse, was first hired by the victim in 2005 to care for his ailing wife, according to Prosecutor Jim Deslaurier. The victim’s wife died a few months later, but Kelly befriended the victim, telling him she was owed a significant amount of money from a civil lawsuit stemming from a horse-training accident. The victim loaned her up to $240,000 and was not told when the civil lawsuit was settled, Deslaurier said. Kelly reportedly only received a few thousand dollars and continued to ask for loans from the victim. ~ Staff report