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Probation ordered in stealing, fraud case

September 17, 2021 at 4:20 a.m. | Updated September 17, 2021 at 10:46 a.m.

A Jefferson City man pleaded guilty to charges of stealing from an elderly person.

During a hearing before Cole County Judge Dan Green, Jeffrey Randolph, 46, pleaded guilty to felony charges of stealing and fraudulent use of a credit device. A charge of financial exploitation of an elderly person was dismissed by prosecutors. As a condition of his probation, Randolph is to not have any contact with the victim.

The crimes occurred between late December 2018 and late January 2019, according to a Cole County Sheriff's Department probable cause statement.

The victim, who lived in the 1200 block of Freedom Boulevard, said she went to her credit union to withdraw funds from her account but found she had insufficient funds to make a withdrawal.

The woman said the account she was trying to use belonged to her and her husband and had not been used since August 2016. Money from her husband's prior military service went into the account.

Investigators found several charges had been made on the account at the Hy-Vee gas station on West Truman Boulevard. Video footage at the station reportedly showed Randolph using the account to purchase fuel.

Investigators also found Randolph had used funds from the account for pest control services for his home.

When questioned by authorities, Randolph admitted to using a credit card that belonged to the victim.

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