MEDIA COURTHOUSE — A Marple woman who stole more than $137,000 from her mother’s best friend was sentenced to five to 10 years in a state correctional facility Tuesday. The sentence for Madeline J. Guglielmo runs consecutive to a one- to two-year sentence handed down by Judge Patricia Jenkins last month for violating probation on a prior theft charge.
Guglielmo, 52, of the 2500 block of Franklin Avenue in Broomall, had entered open guilty pleas in September to two counts of theft by deception, as well as one count each of criminal use of a communication facility and access device fraud, all felonies of the third degree. One of the theft charges stemmed from a bad check Guglielmo had written to cover her mother’s burial expenses at Arlington Cemetery in Upper Darby. She was ordered to pay restitution of $1,328 in that case.
The remaining charges were related to the larger theft scam, in which Guglielmo drained the bank accounts of an 86-year-old woman between January 2012 and May 2013.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Guglielmo told the woman she needed money to help cover her husband’s medical bills. Investigators at the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division’s Senior Exploitation Unit found Guglielmo actually had gone on shopping sprees at stores, including Victoria’s Secret, Coach, Nordstrom and Sears. She had also paid Comcast and PECO bills, and made numerous cash withdrawals and transfers to her daughter’s Citizens Bank account.
Assistant District Attorney Erica Parham noted Tuesday that detectives Michele Deery, Matthew Cresta and Anthony Ruggieri only began investigating the thefts after receiving a call from a representative at the Newtown Square branch of Customers Bank for a possible theft from one of its customers. Read more »