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Yates woman sentenced for embezzling $95K from elderly relative

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Elizabeth Hand, a 53-year-old woman from Milo, has been sentenced to jail time, probation, and restitution for committing grand larceny against an elderly relative.

The sentencing, handed down on November 28 by State Supreme Court Justice Jason Cook, includes 150 days in county jail and five years of probation. Hand had pleaded guilty to a felony charge of second-degree grand larceny, acknowledging her theft of approximately $95,000.

The embezzlement occurred after Hand gained power of attorney over her elderly relative, who resides in Penn Yan. According to investigators, Hand rapidly depleted the victim’s financial resources, which included a pension, in a relatively short period.

The case came to light following an investigation and audit by the county’s Adult Protective Services unit, leading to Hand’s arrest by village police in February.