Mount Pleasant police say a woman who was a caregiver in a local facility and befriended a client’s mother forged two checks and stole almost $400 from her.

Stephanie Jamison, 43, of Racine, was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with two felony counts each of forgery and identity theft for financial gain. If convicted, she faces up to 24 years in prison and/or $40,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, officers were called Sunday to a home where a woman said Jamison stole money from her by taking checks out of her checkbook. The woman told police that Jamison was her son’s caregiver and they’d gotten to know each other pretty well over the years. Still, it was odd when Jamison came over to visit on Sept. 17.

Police say during her visit with the woman, Jamison excused herself to use the restroom and left shortly after that. The woman discovered a discrepancy in her account and that two checks had been written out to Jamison a few days later, so she told her son about it, and he contacted Jamison. The parties agreed to meet and during the meeting, Jamison said at first the woman’s checkbook had been out in the open, but the woman said she always keeps her checkbook in her purse. Jamison did say she would pay the woman back by Oct. 2.

When Oct. 2 came and went without Jamison re-paying the money she stole, the woman said she decided to call police, the complaint reads. Officers located Jamison at her home and took her into custody without incident. She admitted to taking the checkbook out of the woman’s purse and taking the checks in order to pay for vehicle repairs.

Jamison remains in the Racine County Jail on a $400 cash bond and a $1,000 signature bond. She will next be in court Oct. 22 for her preliminary hearing.

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