Over $20k stolen from neighbor’s bank account, woman charged

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BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A woman from Roaring Spring is being accused of siphoning over $20,000 from an elderly neighbor’s bank account.

Teresa M. Zeigler, 33, allegedly used the neighbor’s bank card without his knowledge multiple times between 2018 and 2020 for $20,536.12 total.

According to police, the neighbor was advised in June or July of 2020 by his bank that there was no money in his account. The neighbor told police he had never authorized anyone to use his money or bank card to purchase anything.

A representative from Blair Senior Services told police the neighbor does not own a computer or a mobile device that would allow him to access the internet and make online purchases. Bank records show transactions from various places such as PayPal, Amazon, XBOX and the Pennsylvania Lottery.

Police were told Zeigler has helped the neighbor and his late fiance with shopping and other tasks around the house. The neighbor provided Zeigler with his bank card so that she could get groceries from the store for him, or to get cash out of the ATM on his behalf.

In an interview with Zeigler, she told police she had used the neighbor’s bank card for online gambling. She said he did not give her permission for that and he was not aware of the situation. Zeigler also said she withdrew cash from his account multiple times without his permission, according to the report.

Zeigler has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 1.

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