By Conrad Dudderar
EL RENO – An arrest warrant has been issued for a caretaker accused of stealing from a Yukon nursing home resident after the defendant was a “no-show” for a court hearing.
Bethany’s Malycia V. Duponte, 27, is a fugitive from justice after failing to appear for a preliminary hearing conference Aug. 9 in Canadian County District Court.
Duponte was charged in September 2020 with exploitation of an elderly person by deception/intimidation. The felony crime is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a maximum $10,000 fine.
Special Judge Kristan K. Strubhar on Aug. 13 issued a bench warrant for Duponte’s arrest and ordered her previous bond forfeited.
The defendant had posted a $5,000 bond July 8 after first being arrested July 6 and booked into the Canadian County Jail. She was released from custody after posting bond and ordered to appear Aug. 9 before Judge Struhbar.
After failing to appear, a new bond was set at $10,000.
The Canadian County District Attorney’s Office formally charged Duponte after a Yukon Police investigation into a July 2020 larceny 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.
Yukon police officer Jacob Streeter learned Duponte’s last day of work at the senior facility was July 26, 2020, 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 a probable cause affidavit.
Police learned Duponte sent an email to the business requesting her last check be given to her husband.
Det. Dave Carroll sent an email to the woman asking that the iPad be returned to the victim or Yukon Police Department.
Criminal charges were filed after there was no response from the defendant.