Area caregiver suspected of stealing tens of thousands of dollars

A 45-year-old woman from Reading, Mich., was recently jailed on a charge alleging she stole more than $51,000 from a man she was supposed to be caring for.

The investigation by the Indiana State Police revealed in August of 2015, Michelle Lynn Alexander, 45, was appointed by the Noble County Circuit Court as a court appointed guardian of a then 59-year-old man from Kendallville who suffered from declining mental and physical health.

During the time period between October 2015 and December 2015, it is alleged that Alexander accessed the victim’s bank account and used his disability checks for her personal use.

In July of 2016, the victim was transferred to a mental health facility in Jay County by Alexander and shortly thereafter, a new guardian had been appointed because of a lack of communication from Alexander.

An audit was then conducted and the discrepancies in the victim’s finances were discovered. Carroll was made aware of the theft and following a four month long investigation, the case was presented to the Noble County Prosecutor’s Office who filed a felony theft charge against Alexander.

Alexander turned herself into the Noble County Jail on September 24, 2017 and has since been released on bond.