St. Pete detectives: Suspect stole $126K from 94-year-old man

Last Updated: Friday, October 07, 2016

St. Petersburg Police arrested a 68-year-old woman on Friday, and charged her with stealing more than $125,000 from the living trust of a 94-year-old man.

  • Jane E. Vatelot, 68, a licensed professional guardian
  • Vatelot contacted about assisting victim with finances
  • Vatelot used funds for own personal expenses

Officials said St. Pete Police Department of Economic Crimes detectives arrested Jane E. Vatelot, 68, on a warrant of Exploitation of the Elderly, a felony offense.

According to detectives, Vatelot is a licensed professional guardian. Vatelot reportedly was contacted about assisting the victim with his finances, and was granted Power of Attorney by the victim, who lacked the capacity to consent at the time.

Detectives said Vatelot then used her access to the victim's living trust account to obtain funds for her own personal expenses. Those expenses reportedly included mortgage, credit card, and car insurance payments.

Detectives currently calculate the loss at approximately $126,000.