COLUMBUS (WMCH) — The central Ohio caretaker accused of stealing from people with disabilities in her care faced a judge for the first time today.
Mary Satterfield is charged with six counts of felony forgery for allegedly taking money from those in her care. A judge set her bond at $10,000.
During the course of approximately two years, court documents say Satterfield used her position to regularly take checks belonging to the victims.
One of Satterfield’s victims’ sisters shared her story.
“We became aware of Mary about two years ago. It was an option that was given to me for her to be able to write the checks and pay my sister’s bills and she would keep the checkbook and I would still retain the ledgers,” said the victim’s sister.
It was in March when she noticed a large amount of money missing from her sister’s banking account. She called Dungarvin, an agency that provides services for disabled adults like her sister. Satterfield was an employee there.
“I went to Dungarvin with images of the check and they had already start to investigate the checkbook and knew something was not right.”
Detectives working the case say ten victims have come out against Satterfield, dating back to 2012. Her attorney says the former caretaker does not have a criminal history.
“I think her lack of involvement shows she doesn’t have a criminal behavior,” said Satterfield’s attorney Regina Griffith. “This is something that was a mistake in her life and she looks forward to rectify.”
Dungarvin has promised to pay back the money that was stolen.