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Tucson Woman Who Targeted Vulnerable Adults Sentenced

(Phoenix, Ariz. - Dec. 14, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today announced the sentencing of Michelle Tselentis, 58, of Tucson, on charges related to trafficking stolen property and financially exploiting vulnerable adults.

Tselentis, an employee at a home care health service agency that provides assistance to elderly patients suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease, was accused of stealing money, medicine and jewelry from several patients.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Deborah Bernini sentenced Tselentis to a one-year jail term and four years probation in addition to mandating 500 hours of community service. During sentencing Judge Bernini stated that it seemed as though Tselentis showed no remorse for her actions.

“I am proud of our Office for helping put a criminal who preys on the elderly behind bars,” Goddard said. “I hope anyone who considers doing the same thinks twice. There is no pity for criminals who exploit vulnerable adults.”

At Tselentis’ sentencing, one of the victims explained to the judge that at 78 years old, it wasn’t the loss of the cash value of the jewelry that mattered the most, but the memories associated with it. She described a Mother’s Day gift she had received from her son almost 40 years ago which she had planned to pass onto his son.

The case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Douglas Clark.

For more information, please contact Janey Pearl at (620) 542-8019.