A lengthy prison sentence was handed out by Judge Fredrick A. Shurger late last week to Decatur resident Deborah L. Delong.
According to court records, Delong, 49, had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery, each a class C felony, and one count of exploitation of an endangered adult, a class D felony.
The court records statethat Delong was hired in 2010 as a live-in caregiver for an 89-year-old Decatur woman. During the months of May through November, 2010, Delong forged 20 checks belonging to the victim, withdrawing more than $45,000 from the victim's account.
Delong was sentenced to two consecutive eight-year terms, with four years suspended from each, for the forgery counts, and received a two-year sentence, to be served concurrently, for the exploitation charge. That's a total of eight years to be served.
She was also sentenced to eight years probation following her release from prison, must pay $47,522 in restitution and court costs, and is prohibited from ever holding a home care position again.