Female Arrested for Theft Over $5000 by Power of Attorney
Region of Peel – Investigators from the Peel Regional Police Fraud Bureau have arrested and charged a female in relation to a theft committed by a person holding power of attorney.
In May of 2011 the victim, a 60 year-old male, was involved a serious motor vehicle collision that resulted in life altering injuries. As a result, the victims’ friend, who works as a Personal Support Worker (PSW), offered to take care of him and became his continuing power of attorney with responsibilities of property and personal care.
Between the period of May 2015 and December 2017, the female misappropriated monies awarded to the victim for her personal use. During this time the victim was treated poorly by the female and developed further health issues. The female also refused to provide updates to family members as required under the Substitute Decisions Act.
On July 25, 2018, Wendy MORRIS a 59 year-old female from Mississauga, was arrested and charged with the offence of Theft Over $5000 by a Person Holding Power of Attorney. MORRIS was released with a future court date at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton.
Due to the nature of Wendy MORRIS work as a PSW she is frequently placed in a position of trust. If members of the community have been in contact with MORRIS in her role as a PSW and feel that they have been the victim of fraud or a similar offence, please contact investigators from the Fraud Bureau.
Investigators would also like to remind residents that when choosing your power of attorney, good judgement must be used. The person you decide to appoint as your attorney should be someone you trust to make decisions about finances, housing, food, health, safety and clothing.
Anyone who has information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Fraud Bureau at 905-453-2121, ext. 3335. Anonymous information may also be submitted by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by visiting www.peelcrimestoppers.ca.