Paso woman pleads not guilty to allegedly stealing from mentally disabled man

A Paso Robles woman pleaded not guilty to a dozen felony charges stemming from the alleged theft of a mentally disabled man at a care facility where she worked.

Jacqueline Nelson, 42, was charged with nine counts of forgery, two counts of using another person’s identifying information and theft by a caretaker of a dependent adult, according to court documents. The total amount of the alleged theft was estimated at $2,500, according the District Attorney’s Office.

She was arrested April 21 after San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s detectives discovered forged checks in the name of a 51-year-old resident at an assisted care facility in Atascadero known as the White House, according to court documents.

Nelson allegedly forged checks on the resident’s account, making them payable to her. She was hired at the care facility by her brother, who is the owner, to assist with handling accounts for the dependent adults. But when she failed to pass a state licensing test she was terminated. A new employee was auditing the accounts when she reportedly found discrepancies in one of the resident’s checking accounts.

Nelson is scheduled to return to court June 27 in preparation for a preliminary hearing.

- Leslie Parrilla

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