TRENTON (AP) — State authorities say a South Jersey woman depleted her elderly cousin's nursing home fund to buy roughly $214,000 worth of lottery tickets.

Doris Litle (NJ Office of the Attorney General)

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman says 79-year-old Doris Litle, of Deptford, was indicted Monday on theft by deception and Medicaid fraud charges.

Hoffman says Litle managed her now 93-year-old cousin's affairs and held a power of attorney since 2005.

She allegedly signed an agreement that stated she would pay her cousin's monthly nursing home bill, which was about $8,000, by using the cousin's funds. Under the agreement, Litle would be liable if the bill wasn't paid.

Hoffman says the nursing home hasn't been fully paid since November 2012. The cousin's account there is overdue by an estimated $200,000.

A telephone number for Litle couldn't be located Monday.

 

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