Jury finds Montville woman guilty of stealing grandmother's funds

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A jury in New London Superior Court on Thursday found a Montville woman guilty of stealing her late grandmother's identity along with tens of thousands of dollars.

Jessica L. Chacho, 37, was taken into custody after the six-member jury, which had started deliberating Wednesday afternoon, announced it had found her guilty of first-degree larceny and four counts of first-degree identity theft.

Judge Shari A. Murphy scheduled sentencing for April 15. Should Chacho wish to remain free while appealing the verdict, the judge set a $100,000 appeal bond.

Assistant State's Attorney Christa L. Baker prosecuted the case, and Chacho was represented by attorney Jerome Paun.

According to Montville police, Chacho gained access to the bank account of her grandmother, Eleanor Chacho, while serving as her caretaker between June 2014 and May 2016. The grandmother since has died. 

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