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Posted on: May 15, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Woman sentenced to 26 months for stealing $8,000 from elderly man

TACOMA, WA – Today, Elizabeth Jenson, 74, was sentenced to 26 months in prison for stealing more than $8,000 from an elderly Tacoma man. In April, a jury convicted Jenson of identity theft in the first and second degree, and theft in the second and third degree. Prosecutors asked for an exceptional sentence of five years in prison because the jury found that the victim was particularly vulnerable and Jenson abused her position of trust.

“Our Elder Abuse Unit continues to successfully advocate for vulnerable victims,” said Prosecutor Mark Lindquist. “People should know there are heavy penalties for exploiting elders and we vigorously prosecute these cases.”

Many of the victim’s friends attended Jenson’s sentencing, including those from the museum where he volunteered seven days a week.

The 65-year-old developmentally-disabled victim, Jack Falk, lived in low-income housing managed by the Tacoma Rescue Mission. Falk suspected his protective payee of stealing from him, so Jenson, an employee at the mission, volunteered to be his payee. Jenson assumed the role, and began managing Falk’s finances in 2010. She gave Falk a monthly allowance and paid his bills. Mission policy prohibits employees from having financial relationships with clients.

In 2014, Falk began to suspect Jenson was stealing from him, so a friend took him to the bank to inquire about his accounts. Falk learned that Jenson had made numerous transfers from his account to hers, and that she had paid her personal bills using his accounts. Jenson had spent more than $8,000, leaving Falk with only $100 in his accounts.

Due to Falk’s declining health, prosecutors conducted a video-recorded deposition to be used as testimony in case Falk was unavailable during trial. Falk was able to testify in person. He passed away three days later on Easter Sunday.

Heather Songer
Communications and Public Information Coordinator
Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
[email protected]

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