Caregiver charged for stealing iPad

Faces felony for exploiting elderly tenant at Yukon senior home

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By Conrad Dudderar

Senior Staff Writer

A caregiver faces prison time for allegedly stealing an iPad from an elderly tenant at a Yukon assisted living center.

Bethany’s Malycia Duponte, 26, was charged Sept. 15 in Canadian County District Court with exploitation of an elderly person by deception/intimidation. Yukon Police investigated the larceny reported at Gran Gran’s Place, 1110 S Cornwell.

Prosecutors allege Duponte “knowingly through deception” obtained an Apple iPad that belonged to an elderly resident intending to “temporarily or permanently deprive” the victim of the property.

The defendant “stood in a position of trust and confidence” with the victim, court documents show.

Duponte faces up to 10 years in prison and/or a maximum $10,000 fine if convicted of the felony crime.

Allegations against Duponte are detailed in a probable cause affidavit signed by Yukon police investigator Dave Carroll.

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Yukon police officer Jacob Streeter learned Duponte’s last day of work at the senior facility was July 26, the day she allegedly agreed to help the elderly tenant perform an update on her iPad.

“The defendant left with the iPad and never returned,” according to the affidavit.

During the investigation, police learned Duponte sent an email to the business requesting her last check be given to her husband. Det. Carroll sent an email to the woman asking that the iPad be returned to the victim or Yukon Police Department. There has been no response from the defendant.

Special Judge Charles Gass has issued a warrant for Duponte’s arrest, setting bond at $5,000. The case has been assigned to District Judge Paul Hesse.