Suspended sentence in mother-daughter theft case

A Canterbury woman who stole more than $111,000 from her mother’s bank accounts was spared prison time at her sentencing Wednesday in New London Superior Court, but was ordered to repay the entire amount.

Judith LePage, 54, had pleaded guilty under the Alford Doctrine to second-degree larceny. The Alford plea means she does not agree with the state’s allegations but does not want to risk going to trial, where she could have receive a harsher sentence if convicted.

Norwich police began investigating after receiving a phone call in February 2010 from LePage’s brother, who reported that LePage, who had power of attorney over her mother’s finances, had taken her mother’s money for her personal use. LePage admitted she had taken some money but said she intended to pay it back.

LePage will be on probation for three years. Judge Patrick Clifford ordered her to make restitution in the amount of $111,600. He said the first $13,503 should be paid to the state Department of Social Services for care it provided the victim after the incident.

The judge also ordered LePage to have no contact with the victim and to stay out of casinos.

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