DIXON – The former executive director of a Dixon senior living and Alzheimer's care facility is facing four felony counts and up to 15 years in prison, accused of bilking a senior citizen in her care.
Ann M. (Powers) Barlow, 47, of Maytown west of Sublette, is charged in Lee County Court with three counts of financial exploitation of an elderly person, which is punishable by 4 to 15 years in prison, and one count of theft of more than $10,000 but less than $100,000, which carries 3 to 7 years.
Barlow, who was fired from Liberty Court Assisted/Memory Community in June 2017, was arrested shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday and freed a little more than an hour later after posting $2,500 of her $25,000 bond.
She has a hearing March 22.
Court documents outlining details of her case were not available Monday, and lead investigator Dixon Police Detective Aaron Simonton declined to discuss specifics.
Paul G. Komes, of Chicago Heights, however, told Sauk Valley Media that Barlow obtained power of attorney over his 99-year-old mother, a resident of Liberty Court, and took around $30,000. The theft, which occurred in three instances, came to light shortly before she was fired, he said.
Barlow, an Amboy native, also was a member of the Lee County Council of Aging; she resigned shortly after leaving Liberty Court, council Executive Director Jeff Kuhn said.