PRESS RELEASE: District Attorney Stefanie J. Salavantis has announced that the Dallas Borough Police Department and the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office, with the assistance of Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Area Agency on Aging and the Institute on Protective Services at Temple University, have made the arrest of Sharon Mae Jacobosky on three counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds required.
Ms. Jacobosky was arraigned today at the Office of District Justice James Tupper, receiving a $5,000.00 cash bail and has since been incarcerated at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. An investigation commenced after Dallas Borough Chief James Drury received a complaint that Ms. Jacobosky, who was the caregiver and Power-of-Attorney for Clemetine Moseman, was removing funds for her own personal benefit. A forensic audit was performed by the Institute on Protective Services at Temple University on all accounts belonging to Ms. Moseman and Pamela Wehrenberg, Ms. Moseman’s disabled daughter, to determine if funds were stolen. The audit found evidence that Ms. Jacobosky received $258,538.30 of Ms. Moseman’s funds between January 1, 2009 and November 4, 2011.
The preliminary hearing has been scheduled for August 22, 2013 at 9:30 a.m. at the office of District Justice Tupper.
District Attorney Salavantis stated, “An overwhelming number of cases of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation go undetected each year. Unfortunately, some of these vulnerable adults are abused by family members, service providers and caregivers as seen by today’s arrest of Ms. Jacobosky. If you know of an elder whom you believe may be the victim of abuse, please call Luzerne/Wyoming Counties Area Agency on Aging at (800) 252-1512 or the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office at (570) 825-1674.”