A Marquette woman is going to jail after stealing from an elderly person again. On Friday in Marquette County Circuit Court, 35-year-old Heather Walin was sentenced after she pled guilty to receiving and concealing stolen property of $20,000 or more.
That charge is a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison. Walin stole property while working as a caregiver for Alan and Natalia Broderick at their Marquette home. Alan died last October at the age of 94, shortly after the thefts came to light. Natalia Broderick is 93 years old and addressed the court on Friday. She explained her trust issues that have resulted from the thefts and also said she will live in fear for the rest of her life.
The Brodericks hired Walin after she was recommended by another caregiver. When Walin was stealing from the Brodericks, she was serving probation after embezzling from a 91-year-old person. Judge Thomas Solka pointed this out on Friday during Walin's sentencing.
"What is particularly egregious on this is that you were already on probation for a misdemeanor theft from another person in their 90s," said Solka.
Walin was sentenced to nine months in jail, with three months to be served up front. She will also spend the next two years on probation.
Walin's sister, Jessica Reynolds, was also involved in the thefts and is serving 18 months of probation. Together they will have to pay about $15,000 back to Mrs. Broderick.
TV6 and FOX UP will have more from Mrs. Broderick next week about how the thefts have affected her and her family and the advice she has for other senior citizens.