ITHACA, N.Y. — A Trumansburg woman was sentenced Friday afternoon after she pleaded guilty to conning an elderly woman out of over $11,000.

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Lenora Reid — a former home health aid worker — was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years of probation after pleading guilty to felony second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument in June. An order of protection was also issued against her on behalf of the victim.

She was originally offered a deal of five years probation and 60 days in jail, but has since been charged with petit larceny, which violates the terms of the plea deal.

Assistant District Attorney Dan Johnson said Reid “preyed” upon an elderly woman with dementia before forging checks from her.

Previous reports show that between May 2013 and January 2014, Reid stole  $11,381 from her employer using the forged checks.

In court, Reid said, “I would just like to get this take care of so I can repay the money…” She went on to say that she “adores” the woman she used to work for.

Judge Joseph Cassidy ordered Reid to repay the stolen amount in payments over the next two years.

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Jolene Almendarez

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