PRAIRIEVILLE, LA (WAFB) - A Prairieville woman has been found guilty on charges of theft of assets of an aged or disabled person.
On March 28, an Ascension Parish jury found Melba Irvin, 54, of Prairieville, guilty of theft of assets of an aged or disabled person. The guilty verdict comes after Irvin was accused of stealing money from a now 91-year-old woman.
In July of 2014, Irvin contacted the victim, whom she claims to have known all of her life, to borrow money to pay attorney fees for her sickly mother. The elderly woman agreed and wrote two checks to cash, totaling more than $4,000. After cashing these checks, Irvin began taking checks from the victim without permission, filling them out, and cashing them.
At one point, Irvin convinced the victim that she was paying her back, but was only reimbursing the victim with her own money. On February 28, 2015, the elderly woman filed a complaint with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office after noticing money was fraudulently withdrawn from her bank account.
After thorough investigation, detectives learned that Irvin had stolen approximately $34,450 from the victim between July and December of 2014. Irvin was subsequently arrested and booked into the Ascension Parish Jail.
After the jury's 1-hour deliberation and guilty verdict, the judge ordered that sentencing be deferred to a later date pending a pre-sentence investigation.
Irvin faces up to 10 years in prison and $3,000 in fines. Sentencing is tentatively set for June 26.