Caregiver accused of stealing thousands from 97-year-old woman

FOND DU LAC COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A Fond du Lac woman is accused of stealing more than $300,000 from a 97-year-old woman in her care.

A criminal complaint obtained by Action 2 News details the accusations against Margaret S. Meyers, 53. Meyers has been charged with Theft in Fond du Lac County.

On Oct. 23, a Fond du Lac police officer met with a social worker at the county's Aging and Disability Resource Department. The worker had received a call from a credit union about the victim's account.

The credit union informed the worker that he believed the victim's long time caregiver, Margaret Meyers, was "manipulating" the 97-year-old woman into signing off requests of money from the victim's account.

The credit union said they noticed "red flags" because Meyers was cashing in $750 twice a week from the victim's account.

The social worker said the victim had other accounts in which Meyers was "retrieving money in a similar fashion," reads the criminal complaint.

A woman who served as Power of Attorney for the victim turned over banking withdrawals from two of the victim's accounts.

This is how much was missing from the victim's accounts from debit card withdrawals and check cashing:

2014: $12,954.93
2015: $86,044.13
2016: $105,892.27
2017: $106,069.78

The total topped $310,000 over three-and-a-half years.

The criminal complaint says the majority of personal checks were written out to "Peggy Meyers."

On Jan. 11, a detective interviewed Meyers at the Fond du Lac Police station. Meyers told a detective that she had a family member with a drug addiction and she was getting threatening phone calls demanding money.

Meyers said that money was going toward the family member's drug addiction.

She told the detective that she did not have permission from the victim to take the money.

Meyers was charged on Jan. 16. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 22, according to online court records.